Occipital nerve block in the management of headache and cervical pain

Cephalalgia. 1992 Feb;12(1):9-13. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-2982.1992.1201009.x.


The origins of chronic headache and the role of the greater occipital nerve in headache syndromes are reviewed. The anatomical pathways and physiological basis of these headaches are discussed with a view to synthesizing some current concepts of headache generation. Studies of occipital nerve blockade for treatment of headaches of various types are assessed and a retrospective analysis of our own experience is presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Head / innervation*
  • Headache / physiopathology
  • Headache / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Neck
  • Nerve Block*
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain Management*