Occipital Neuralgia Condition

Occipital neuralgia treatment can include osteopathic manipulation techniques that relieve inflammation and pressure in the occipital nerves to reduce head pan and other related symptoms.


Occipital Neuralgia Treatment in New York City

Occipital neuralgia treatment uses techniques like osteopathic manipulation to alleviate inflammation and tension of the occipital nerves, providing relief from pain and other symptoms.

What Occipital Neuralgia?

Occipital neuralgia is a chronic headache pain disorder typified by sharp, intense pain that runs from the upper part of the spinal cord to the patient’s scalp. The condition is relatively rare, afflicting about one out of every 33,000 people a year. Many of the patients who experience these headaches mistake them for tension headaches or even migraines, due to the similarity in symptoms. However, this headache condition rarely cause the dull aches or throbbing pain commonly experienced with most tension headaches.

While this head pain condition poses no serious danger, it is extremely painful and can negatively impact quality of life. Moreover, some cases may require surgery to reduce nerve compression and reduce pain. In most cases, however, pain can be managed and minimized with effective, noninvasive treatment. Osteopathic care is a proven option to help ease tension and other factors contributing to this condition, reduce pain and related symptoms, and help patients enjoy a more pain-free life.

What Causes this Condition?

In most instances, this condition is caused by compressed nerves in the neck or overly tense neck muscles. Other common causes can include:

  • Osteoarthritis in the cervical spine that compresses nerves
  • Inflammation in the blood vessels
  • Infections, or gout
  • Tumors near the nerve root
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Chronic tension in the neck
  • Diabetes

Cranial pain can be difficult for patients to diagnose on their own. As a result, it is important to consult with medical professionals to ensure a proper diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Occipital Neuralgia?

The most common symptom associated with this condition is a sudden sharp head pain, not unlike the pain experienced with migraine headaches. Other symptoms can include:

  • Tenderness around the scalp area
  • Pain that is experienced on one or even both sides of the head
  • Pain that begins at the base of the head and extends all the way to the scalp. Unlike many headaches, this pain is typically sharp and intense, and may even feel like an electric shock.
  • Increased pain when you move your neck, especially in cases where neck tension is a contributing factor
  • Heightened sensitivity to bright lights
  • Sharp pain behind the eyes

While doctors are not always able to identify the root causes for this condition, a proper diagnosis can still enable effective treatment and management of symptoms.

How We Can Help

Headache pain of any variety can be extremely disruptive. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with head pain. Leonid Tafler, D.O. can provide the effective osteopathic care you need to help manage pain symptoms, address the underlying cause of your discomfort, and enable you to improve your quality of life. Osteopathic techniques like manual manipulation, and recommended lifestyle changes can be an effective part of any headache treatment plan.


Head Conditions

Head conditions include headaches, migraines, whiplash-related head pain, and other ailments and injuries that cause pain, weakness, nausea, and other potentially debilitating symptoms.

Chronic Tension HeadachesHead InjuriesHeadachesMigrainesOccipital NeuralgiaTemporomandibular Joint SyndromeWhiplash Headaches

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Tafler will provide the examination and diagnosis needed to create an effective osteopathic care plan to help you address your chronic head pain and related symptoms.

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Occipital Neuralgia Treatment Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!