Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block for Headache in Oak Lawn
Do you suffer from chronic headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, or facial pain? Have you tried medications and other treatments without relief? If so, the medical professionals at Oak Lawn Pain & Wellness are pleased to offer an effective treatment alternative to long-term use of pain medication, called the sphenopalatine ganglion block.
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a bundle of nerves located deep in the face, behind the nose. Irritation of this bundle of nerves has been highly associated with facial pain, neck pain, and chronic headaches. Clinically controlled trials have shown that an SPG block can result in significant and sustained relief from headaches and facial pain1. This relief often occurs immediately upon application of the treatment and be long lasting1, without needing potentially addicting and expensive pain medication.
The procedure is painless and completed in approximately 10-15 minutes in the office, without the need for sedation or local anesthesia. The goal of the procedure is to apply medication to the SPG, resulting in a “blockage” of the pain sensation produced there. This is achieved by inserting a very thin catheter attached to a syringe containing a numbing agent up one nostril and spraying the medication directly onto the bundle of nerves, resulting in immediate pain relief. We utilize the Tx360 ® model applicator, which is the smallest of the available applicators, providing the most comfort to the patient.
Please call us to discuss how Oak Lawn Pain & Wellness can decrease your headaches, migraines, or facial pain today!
1 Cady R, Saper J, Dexter K, Manley HR. A double-blind placebo-controlled study of repretitive transnasal sphenopalatine ganglion blockade with tx360® as acute treatment for chronic migraine. Headache. 2015 Jan; 55(1):101-16.