The sphenopallatine ganglion is a collection of nerve cells located just under the tissue lining the back of the nose. By applying a local anesthetic to the area, nerve impulses can be temporarily blocked, providing relief for patients who suffer from frontal migraines. Patient will undergo a series of blocks, 1 each week for 4 weeks. We use a new minimally invasive approach, using the SphenoCath, to perform the procedure on our patients.
Sphenopalantine injection therapy has been recommended by doctors since 1908 for the treatment of headaches.
Only a doctor or pain management specialist can determine if a patient is a candidate for this injection. Typically, a good candidate for this injection is someone who suffers from headaches at least 4 days per month and who are on medications to control headaches.
Types of headaches best treated with this therapy include:
medication overuse headaches (rebound headaches),
daily persistent headaches
This is a weekly injection that is given intranasal over four weeks (one injection every 4 weeks). The injection consists of lidocaine, a local anesthetic. You may drive yourself to this appointment. First you will be asked to lie down on an exam table and a cotton tipped applicator will be inserted into your nose that has a topical anesthetic on it. You will lie like this for ten minutes. Next the provider will place the sphenopalatine catheter into each nostril and inject lidocaine. This targets the sphenopalatine ganglion region breaking the headache cycle. You may feel that medication may make your nose run, but this is only for 30-60 seconds.
Complications such as slight nasal bleeding or worsened headaches may occur. Be sure to talk to your doctor about possible risks associated with sphenopalatine injection therapy.
our four-step method of diagnosis and treatment
At The Spine & Pain Institute we believe that the best patient outcomes occur when a patient is well informed. We have developed a simple, thorough, four-step method of diagnosis and treatment. We are your partners against pain, and providers of peace of mind!
A detailed discussion between you and a physician about your medical history.
A comprehensive physical examination and, if necessary, selected diagnostic tests.
A specific treatment plan developed for you.
The implementation of treatment.