Stimulation of the Peripheral Nervous System: Occipital Techniques for the Treatment of Occipital Neuritis and Transformed Migraine



The occipital nerve is involved in pain syndromes originating from nerve trauma, myofascial spasm around the nerve fibers, cervicogenic diseases, posterior fossa surgery, and transformed migraine. Inflammation of the C2 nerve root will also cause severe symptoms in this region, consistent with a cervical radiculitis. The transformed migraine begins with pain in the occipital nerve distribution and then evolves into a full migraine headache.


Occipital Region Lead Placement Great Occipital Nerve Pulse Radiofrequency Occipital Nerve Stimulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Pain ReliefCharlestonUSA

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