Arnold's nerve is the common term for the greater occipital nerve, which is situated at the base of the skull
where the spine
begins. Arnold's nerve is known to be a motor nerve, given its involvement in neck muscle
movement. It is also a sensory nerve, ensuring our sense of touch on the scalp
(the skin lining the skull where hair grows). Arnold's nerve can be damaged by various causes, such as degenerative disease
, or trapped nerve due to pressure. Damage of this nerve results in strong pain
from the neck to the top of the head, either when moving or spontaneously, and the condition is called occipital neuralgia
or, more rarely, Arnold's neuralgia
or anti-inflammatory drugs
are required in these cases, and the patient must rest their neck as much as possible.
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Latest update on August 19, 2014 at 12:29 PM by christelle.b.