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Occipital Neuralgia

The greater and lesser occipital nerves run up from the top of the spinal column to the neck and scalp on the back of the head. When these nerves are compressed or irritated, they can cause occipital neuralgia, a type of unique head pain. Headaches that begin at the top of the neck and spread up through the back of the head can be a symptom of occipital neuralgia. At Medici Medical Arts, our physicians can diagnose occipital neuralgia and find treatments to offer relief at our clinics in the Atlanta area.

There are several possible causes of occipital neuralgia. Inflammation in the neck and scalp can cause nerve irritation of the occipital nerves, triggering head pain. Localized inflammation can be caused by diabetes, gout, vasculitis or repetitively keeping the head in a forward, bent position. Compression of the nerves can occur in the neck, caused by injury, osteoarthritis or muscle tension. Symptoms of occipital neuralgia include piercing or throbbing pain in the back of the neck and head. This condition can become chronic and may require treatment for relief.

Treatments for Occipital Nerve Pain

To relieve occipital neuralgia pain, our doctors at Medici Medical Arts explore the possible causes of nerve irritation to determine the best treatment. Physical therapy and massage can be implemented to help reduce nerve irritation from movement or muscle tension. Treating inflammatory conditions can also help relieve nerve pressure. This may include steroid injections and medication management. The right combination of treatments help to provide pain relief and limit the episodes of headaches caused by occipital neuralgia.

If you have head pain that starts in the back of the neck and runs up the back of the scalp, contact us at Medici Medical Arts. We can determine if you have occipital neuralgia or another condition and find the best treatment option.

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OUR PATIENT REVIEWS

Medici Medical Arts

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 18 reviews

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Dr. Dosanjh is extremely knowledgeable in his specialty with remarkable knowledge of anatomy and the causes of pain. His ability to diagnose the cause of pain and then provide a complete set of progressive options for resolution is superb. His friendly demeanor enhances the doctor-patient relationship.

Madinah A.

This is MY GUY here I love sonny so much people dont even understand. Whe my primary didnt know what was wrong g with me Sonny did sent me for MRI and it was good from there. I been with sonny for 4 years and counting if I ever move Im coming to Sonny. Also every staff member he got is family to me. When I say this is a dam good doctor HE IS THE BEST.

Maryola

Everyone in this office is TERRIFIC. Starting from the front office checking in, and going into the room for my visit with dr. Sonny Dosanjh. Dr. Sonny is EXCELLENT he really cares about his patients, he listens to what I have to say, does not interrupt me, he is very concerned about what is going on with me and my health concerns. He really cares. I would highly recommend this office to anyone! They really care and they are genuine. My PCP recommended Dr. Sonny and I'm ever so grateful for that

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Thoroughly appreciated the medical services provided by Dr. Dosanjh. Dr. Dosanjh is very confident in his patient care and concern. I would definitely refer others and have been telling others about my experience at Medici Medical Arts both Kennesaw and Buckhead. I wish he took my insurance, as I have injuries not related to my work incident for which I was seeing Dr. Dosanjh. Thank you so very much, Dr. Dosanjh! The staff is warm, welcoming and cheerful and most helpful.

Meredith

Dr. Dosanjh is a very smart, caring doctor who is highly skilled in his field. He spends whatever time is necessary to "hear" his patients and to explain the proper and best results course of action. I have a very complicated head and neck injury, so it was essential to me to have someone who truly listened with undivided attention, and thought outside the box when necessary. His staff is exemplary. They could not be more helpful and thoughtful. Lucy in particular is a gift of sunshine.

Jill C.

Dr. Sonny is the best! He has done more for me in 2 months than my previous doctor did in 14 years! If you truly want to get out of pain, then contact Dr. Sonny immediately! I just cannot reiterate how incredible a doctor he is! For that matter, his entire staff is warm and inviting! And to top it off, as a patient you get free use of their amazing gym. Highly, highly, highly recommend Dr. Sonny!

Tiffany

After a major car accident I saw Dr. Sonny for my neck & back pain. He was very knowledgeable about treatment options & really listened to all my concerns. Trigger point injections are helping me currently & I will continue to come back to Dr. Sonny.

Christina S.

I am thrilled with the care I have received from Dr. Dosanjh. He has a fabulous staff that is caring and attentive. I had serious back pain that was hindering my quality of life. Now I am on my way to being discharged. I am very thankful for all they did for me. I will not miss the pain I was in but there is no doubt that l will miss them.

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