NEW Nerve Blocking Technology for Alleviation of Chronic Headaches including Migraines and Tension Headaches
SphenoCath is a relatively new piece of technology designed to help those suffering from chronic headaches or migraines for whom other types of treatment or pain medication have stopped working. The SphenoCath is an SPG (sphenopalatine ganglion) block. The SPG block applies a local anesthetic to a collection of nerve cells just behind the nose which sends pain signals to the brain. By applying an anesthetic in this way, it can block those pain signals which provides pain relief from a variety of different kinds of pain. The SphenoCath is a great option for those patients that have tried a variety of other treatments and are still suffering from chronic debilitating pain.
What to Expect
While the SPG blocker technology has been around for a while, not many doctors offer it as an option. This is because the procedure was quite extensive previously, and it used to come with quite a few risks. With this new SphenoCath device, there is a much lower risk in the application process.
The device is a small flexible spaghetti-sized catheter that is inserted through the nasal cavity. The procedure usually takes 2-3 minutes. It is recommended that patients remain in a reclined or flat position for 10-15 minutes for optimal results. Patients usually experience pain relief almost immediately. While some patients note some mild discomfort during the insertion, a local anesthetic will be applied to minimize any pain or discomfort.
Benefits of SphenoCath for Chronic Headaches
The benefits of the SphenoCath can be incredible. Many people who have been suffering from constant debilitating pain note an extreme reduction or even elimination of their chronic headaches. While inserting SPG blockers used to come with a lot of risks, there are now very few risks with the invention of the SphenoCath.
Some patients have noted some irritation in the nasal cavity, mucus, bleeding and/or mild pain. The medication used in the SphenoCath is chosen by your doctor so any sensitivities or allergies can be taken into account. The medicine is absorbed right through the lining of the nose, so no needles are needed to insert the device.
The Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center’s Difference
Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center is a comprehensive health and wellness center that is dedicated to alleviating pain in all its forms. We offer a wide variety of treatment options to address your chronic pain, and we are excited to offer the SphenoCath as an additional service to our patients. While this can be a stand-alone treatment for addressing debilitating headaches, you can supplement this treatment with other wellness services such as acupuncture and chiropractic care to further address your source of pain.