Occipital neuralgia - Definition

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Occipital neuralgia, also known as Arnold's neuralgia, constitutes pressure on the occipital nerve located at the base of the skull. This causes severe pain at the back of the head and neck, which can sometimes spread towards the forehead. The location of the pain and description of burning or electric shock sensation strongly points towards this diagnosis, confirmed by imaging scans or a cervical MRI. The pain is chronic and relatively disabling, with patient care being difficult and the subject of debate. Corticosteroid infiltrations and rehabilitative therapy with a physiotherapist generally succeeds in relieving, at least temporarily, the patient's symptoms.