The Headache Solution is the start to a better life for you
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
Headaches are a significant source of stress and pain for many people, they affect over 11% of the
American population and cost $2.4 billion each year in health care dollars and lost productivity. There
are many existing therapies available, including medication, massage, or invasive therapies like occipital
nerve blocks, but usually these therapies simply help with the existing pain, but do not prevent them from
occurring or really stop the cause.
A new, innovative therapy is now available and offered at Advanced Physical Medicine called the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block. The sphenopalatine ganglion sits in the back of your nasal turbinates (see image below).
Through a newly developed, needle-less, intranasal infusion technique, we are now capable of blocking
this nerve which has been shown to be the cause of multiple forms of headaches including tension
headaches, cluster headaches, migraine headaches, atypical headaches, etc. The procedure includes
inserting a plastic applicator device into each nostril that allows us to specifically target this nerve, and gently spray the posterior portion of the nasal cavity. A procedure that takes literally 10 seconds! Not only is this procedure fast and needle-less, but it is incredibly effective and the results are typically felt in less than 90 seconds. Imagine being virtually pain free in minutes!
This treatment option is done over a series of 12 visits, but noticeable results will occur with just the first nasal infusion. The 12 visits allow the appropriate time to de-sensitize this nerve and prevent headaches from occurring in the future. A few cases will need maintenance therapy which includes one treatment every three or four months (after completion of the initial series). This treatment option is incredibly new, but has been studied repeatedly, and is safe, effective, and fast.
It is projected that this treatment option will change the way that headaches are treated around the world. Currently, it is only being offered in a few clinics, and our Nurse Practitioner has had hands-on training with the medical doctor who developed the tools for this procedure. Imagine a life without headaches! Schedule an appointment with LuAnn our Nurse Practitioner to learn more and see if this option is right for you.