Cervical Medial Branch and Third Occipital Nerve Blocks
Cervical medial branch blocks and third occipital nerve blocks are commonly used in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic neck pain and headaches related to cervical facet joints. When used to perform these blocks, ultrasound guidance can offer several advantages compared to fluoroscopy, such as shorter performance times and the need for fewer needle passes. In this chapter, we provide a detailed technical review of the in-plane sonographic approach.
KeywordsCervical medial branch block Cervical facet block Third occipital nerve block Neck pain Cervicogenic headaches
Cervical medial branch blocks
Semispinalis capitis muscle
Third occipital nerve
- Thonnagith A, Elgueta MF, Chalermkitpanit P, Tran DQ, Finlayson RJ. Ultrasound-guided cervical medial branch blocks, a technical review. Int J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016.Google Scholar