Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Block for Migraines
Migraines and cluster headaches can be debilitating. At times it seems like nothing will help, but there is an alternative treatment available, without the use of needles or oral medications. SPG blocks have been used for over a 100 years to provide headache relief and can be done right in our office. It is a safe, simple, and often times covered by insurance.
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a collection of nerve cells located behind the nasal cavity and is considered to be a key structure when it comes to migraines, cluster headaches, and facial pain. This is because the SPG is linked to the trigeminal nerve which is the main nerve involved in headaches.
SPG Block Procedure
During an SPG block a small tube is placed inside the nose which is used to administer a local anesthetic to the ganglion. This non-invasive procedure provides quick relief as it blocks the transmission of pain to your brain, often times reducing the frequency and severity of future cluster and migraine headaches.