A New Treatment for Migraines!

Migraine headaches affect many Americans, occurring in about 7% of men and 16% of women. These headaches are very difficult to treat successfully. Nearly two-thirds of headache patients discontinue prescription medications due to inadequate relief and side effects. As you can imagine, attempting to bring relief to Migraine sufferers is frustrating for physicians and patients alike.
There is good and exciting news, however! Recently, I added a new tool to the practice: A Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) block. The Sphenopalatine Ganglion is a nerve plexus, located at the back of the nasal cavity, which is often responsible for the worst types of recurring headaches.
This nerve plexus can be blocked, (anesthetized) by delivering a small amount of local anesthetic through a narrow tube, called a catheter. The catheter is introduced into the nose, and the medicine is injected through it.
Up to 90% of patients will receive immediate, effective relief, even from severe headaches, in just a few minutes! Additionally, many patients remain headache free for up to 40 days!
Prior to the use of this catheter, few physicians were willing to perform an SPG block because the traditional procedures are uncomfortable for the patient and potentially dangerous. This new catheter is safe and causes only slight, if any, discomfort.
In the past, I have been able to reduce the frequency and severity of Migraines for most of my patients using Osteopathic manipulation combined with acupuncture. Other strategies, such as identifying food and environmental triggers, have also been successful.
Now, with the SPG Catheter, we can treat severe Migraines that are in progress. It not only relieves the headache, but has a preventative effect against recurrence. As is the case with all medical interventions, the degree and duration of pain relief varies from person to person, but typically the relief lasts for weeks to months. Most patients do need to have the procedure repeated, but are very pleased to note that they have much longer intervals between headache episodes following each SPG block.
More good news: This strategy also works very well with Dental pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Cluster Headaches, and Shingles of the head!
If you suffer from Migraine headaches, or head pain from any cause, the SPG block might be just what you have been wishing for!

About the Author

Dr. Teitelbaum practices Osteopathic manipulation, prolotherapy, spinal decompression, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. For over 25 years, he has provided conservative, natural treatment for sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, headaches, posture problems, overuse injuries, and joint pain. Commonly treated conditions include muscle, tendon and ligament damage of the neck, low back, tailbone, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot.