Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Block for Headache Relief
Headaches are a very common complaint amongst men and women and a large cause of visits to the emergency room every year. It is estimated that up to 12% of people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches (American Migraine Foundation 2015). Migraine and chronic headache can be extremely disabling to the people that suffer from them, interfering with work and social activities. Many pharmaceutical pain medications and narcotics have been utilized to treat headache conditions, with variable success. We at Oak Lawn Pain & Wellness and Ruof Chiropractic are pleased to offer an effective alternative to long-term use of pain medication, called the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block.
This treatment was developed in the 1990s, but has been modified to be significantly less invasive in the last few years. The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a group of nerve cells linked to the trigeminal nerve, which is the main nerve that is involved with headaches and facial pain. This ganglion is located behind the nose and is easily accessible with a thin plastic tube applied through the nostril. We utilize the Tx360® model applicator, which is a thin catheter containing a numbing agent attached to a syringe. The Tx360® is the smallest of the possible catheters, providing the most comfort to the patient. Once the catheter is inserted into the nostril, the numbing agent is pushed through the catheter, delivering the medication directly to the SPG to immediately treat headache and facial pain.
An SPG block is immediately effective and long lasting, without needing potentially addicting pain medication. Benefits of this treatment have been clinically proven to provide sustained relief of headache days and improve quality of life (Cady et al. 2015). The procedure is painless, will take approximately 10-15 minutes, and does not require sedation or local anesthesia.
Call Oak Lawn Pain & Wellness and Ruof Chiropractic to see how the SPG block can help decrease your headaches, migraines, or facial pain today!