What is the Sphenopalatine Ganglion?
How does the SPG Block for Migraines work?
What is the procedure like?
There are multiple ways to administer an SPG block. The best method will depend on the patient’s situation. According to the American Migraine Foundation, the use of an SPG block for migraines was first described in the 1900’s using a technique involving the application of numbing medication onto cotton swabs then placed into the back of the nose.
The easiest way of receiving an SPG block for migraines is through the nasal cavity. This process involves the insertion of a thin tube through the nose to deliver the numbing medication to the site of the SPG nerve bundle. This is the most common method of conducting this procedure. Another technique used to block the SPG involves using a needle to inject the SPG through an area on the cheek. This process is invasive, and usually requires the use of an x-ray machine to place the injection correctly.
What makes the SPG Block different from other treatments for migraines?
The best treatment for chronic migraine headaches will vary from patient to patient.
The SPG block for migraines offers immediate relief for patients that can last anywhere from several weeks to a few months. Some patients find that multiple injections help them achieve better, more long-lasting relief. Unlike Botox injections, SPG blocks can be used to treat both episodic and chronic migraines. SPG blocks also provide relief faster than Botox, and have fewer associated side effects.
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