Nerve Block for Headache in Adults

NYU Langone neurologists offer a procedure called a nerve block to stop the pain of an acute headache attack. This quick, outpatient procedure is used as an abortive treatment, which is one that is given during a pain episode, when you are in need of immediate relief.

Your doctor injects small amounts of one or two numbing medicines into the base of the skull to block pain signals from the nerves. Pain is relieved within a few minutes, and the effects of the procedure can last days to weeks.

A nerve block is a temporary treatment for severe cluster headaches or chronic migraines, among other types of headaches. It is often recommended when other medications do not relieve symptoms.

Nerve blocks are performed on an as-needed basis. Your doctor can determine whether this is an appropriate treatment for your symptoms.

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