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Occipital Nerve Block Procedure

The occipital nerve block procedure is an injection of numbing medication and cortisone (steroid) into the scalp at the back of the head. The occipital nerve block procedure is used in the diagnosis and treatment of occipital neuralgia (nerve pain) or tension headaches. If you respond well to the occipital nerve block procedure, it may be repeated. Although uncommon, risks from the occipital nerve block procedure may include bleeding, infection, nerve damage and allergic reaction to the medication.