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Occipital neuralgia (Head Ache) and its Management

Do You Have Occipital neuralgia?

You will have occipital neuralgia at some time in your life. Occipital neuralgia is a disorder caused by irritation of the greater or lesser occipital nerves, as well as injury to the occipital nerves as a result of surgery, brain lesions, stroke, or trauma. Individuals suffering from occipital neuralgia are frequently exceedingly hypersensitive. Light stimulation, such as touching the neck or the back of the head, can induce a painful episode that might last seconds or minutes.

SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • Back of the head, upper neck, or behind the ears throbbing pain.
  • Patients may experience pain behind the eyes.
  • Headache may be triggere by a slight movement.
  • Some patients may have vision impairment, tinnitus, dizziness, or nausea.

It is often unilateral, affecting only one side of the head. It is typical for occipital neuralgia patients to go undiagnose for lengthy periods of time, or even to be misdiagnose because the symptoms are similar to those of migraine headaches. The duration of pain episodes is a crucial distinguishing characteristic between occipital neuralgia and migraine.

PHYSIOTHERAPY TREATMENT OF OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA:

  • Treatment at our physiotherapy clinic started with thermal therapy by application of moist heat.
  • Manual therapy: Physiotherapists do several hands-on manual therapies such as- Manipulation & mobilization, and soft tissue mobilization, etc.
  • Posture correction: correcting the body posture to keep the body in accurate alignment.
  • Muscle releasing and activation: Releasing the overworking muscles and activating the underworking muscles to provide relief and stability.
  • Stretching: stretching of anterior neck muscles such as platysma and scalene stretch.
  • Chiropractic and osteopathic adjustment.
  • Foam rolling of the upper back.
  • Traction & Cervical mobilization.
  • Elite Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre is equipped with international and latest technology modalities for better and faster treatment of your problems such as- High-Intensity class 4 laser for faster healing and reduction in inflammation, Super Inductive System (SIS) for joint mobilization and improvement in mobility, and Combo Therapy, etc.
  • Our Physiotherapists also do some hands-on techniques such as- Dry needling, Cupping, Hijama, and Deep friction massage, etc.
  • Also, Home Exercise Programme: Chin tucks, shoulder retraction exercise, cervical rotation with a towel, etc.

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