Third Occipital Nerve Block and Radiofrequency Ablation

  • Samer N. NarouzeEmail author


Pain stemming from the C2–C3 zygapophyseal (facet) joint is named “third occipital headache” as the joint is innervated by the third occipital nerve. It is seen in 27 % of patients presenting with cervicogenic headache after whiplash injury. Tenderness over the C2–C3 joint is the only suggestive physical examination finding, and a diagnostic third occipital nerve block is essential to confirm the diagnosis.


Facet Joint Whiplash Injury Medial Branch Cervicogenic Headache Occipital Headache 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve HospitalCuyahoga FallsUSA

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