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Treatment Options for Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia is a condition resulting in intense painful spasms felt along the back of the head, upward to the top of the head. While the sensations may be similar enough to be misdiagnosed as a migraine, this syndrome is not a migraine and is not likely to respond to migraine medications.

Causes of Occipital Neuralgia

The causes of occipital neuralgia include a wide range of problems in the neck area, ranging from minor to serious. Causes may include arthritis of the neck, problems with the vertebrae, tumors in the neck area, tight neck muscles, and other conditions.

If occipital neuralgia is diagnosed, a neurologist will search for the underlying cause through a detailed history of the patient's symptoms as well as imaging studies. In some cases the cause is clear, but in many cases, no cause is found for occipital neuralgia.

How We Can Help

Maryland Holistics offers acupuncture which is an effective method of pain-relief in the treatment of many pain-related health conditions. The relief resulting from acupuncture often lasts many times longer than the relief from a single dose of a medication. This is because acupuncture works in a very different way, helping your body to heal at a deeper level.

If the cause remains unknown after a neurologist's thorough examination, or if the cause is suspected to be arthritis or tight neck muscles, its very likely that we can help the patient experience relief. This condition is relatively rare and many general medical providers may not be thoroughly familiar with it. Patients who visit our clinic for this condition will benefit from our Dr. Windsor's years of experience and commitment to quality care.
"Although I provide treatment for neck pain very often, occipital neuralgia is a condition I see somewhat infrequently. In my experience, it appears that acupuncture is beneficial for most patients during a flare-up. The treatment response appears to be rapid and consistent. This is similar to other cranial nerve disorders that I have treated, such as trigeminal neuralgia."

Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.

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About Maryland Holistics

Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac. Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD. Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 301-588-5858
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