Publication date: Jul 08, 2019
Chronic headache is a significant worldwide problem despite advances in treatment options. Chronic headaches can have significant a detrimental impact on the activities of daily living.
Patients who do not obtain relief from chronic head and neck pain from conservative treatments are commonly being managed with interventional treatments. These interventional treatment options include botulinum toxin A, injections, local occipital nerve anesthetic and corticosteroid infiltration, occipital nerve subcutaneous stimulation and occipital nerve pulsed radiofrequency (PRF), sphenopalatine ganglion block, and radiofrequency techniques. Recently, evidence has emerged to support non-opioid-based drug and interventional approaches. Overall, more research is necessary to clarify the safety and efficacy of interventional treatments and to better understand the pathogenesis of chronic headache pain.
Kaye, A.D., Motejunas, M.W., Cornett, E.M., Ehrhardt, K.P., Novitch, M.B., Class, J., Siddaiah, H., Hart, B.M., and Urman, R.D. Emerging Novel Pharmacological Non-opioid Therapies in Headache Management: a Comprehensive Review. 03737. 2019 Curr Pain Headache Rep (23):8.
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