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Condition of the Week: “Occipital Neuralgia” Headaches

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Our patients and regular readers of our blog know that we are Hackettstown’s most celebrated chiropractic and multi-specialty medical facility. Part of that reason is our commitment to patient and community education regarding painful health conditions that can be addressed via an assortment of chiropractic care services. Today, Dr. Tyler Carlock, DC is going to define and address the causes of a common headache called “Occipital Neuralgia.” This is a common ailment that we treat at Village Family Clinic here in Hackettstown. So, take it away, Dr. Carlock.

Video Transcription

How’s everybody doing out there? I’m Dr. Carlock, DC, from the Village Family Clinic here in Hackettstown, New Jersey. We’re going to start this new video series where I’m going to talk about a different condition each week. Since I just did a talk this past week on headaches, we’re going to talk about a specific type of headache today called “Occipital Neuralgia.”

What is Occipital Neuralgia?

A lot of people that come in here have occipital neuralgia and some of you might be suffering from it at home, so I’m going to explain what that means.  When I say occipital, that means just the bottom of the skull here, the occiput. This is the occipital region. Neuralgia, the word, means nerve pain. So, it’s occipital nerve pain. 

So, all these nerves in the back of your head, they can become compressed. Whether it’s from tight muscles back there, or from a bone out of place in your neck, that can cause sharp, sharp pains in the back of your head. They use a fancy word to describe occipital neuralgia but it’s nothing really too fancy if you come to think of it when it is boiled down. 

If you’re suffering from that, I would definitely come out here and get checked out because there’s a lot of stuff we could do to help relieve that pain. Whether it’s loosening up some of those muscles or adjusting the neck for proper motion.

So, there you are, just a little quick info on Occipital Neuralgia.

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