More people complain about headaches than any other medical ailment.Over 36 million Americans have migraines, more than the number who have diabetes and asthma combined.
While there are many types of headaches, the most common include migraine headaches, cluster headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, tension, sinusitis, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a set of nerve cells situated beneath the tissue lining the back of the nose that contributes to head and face pain. The SPG is part of the autonomic nervous system and has been a target to treat severe headaches for over 100 years. Nerve impulses can be blocked by applying a local anesthetic (typically lidocaine) to the nerve bundle, providing pain relief. This is called an SPG block.
The patented SphenoCath® is designed to quickly and comfortably deliver medication to the area of the sphenopalatine ganglion. The SphenoCath® specially-designed catheter gives health care providers unprecedented access to the entire SPG circuit and bilateral V2 blockade with a safe and simple procedure.
The SphenoCath® device and procedure differ from conventional headache prescription medications because we treat the pain right at its source with a quick, relatively painless, and minimally invasive SPG blocking technique.
Studies have shown that up to 80% of patients with one of the headache syndromes previously described will show significant improvement of their typical symptoms.
Almost 2 out of 3 show complete or near-complete resolution of symptoms within 24 hours of the procedure. 58% of patients report sustained improvement at one month and 50% at three months. The majority of the patients studied were able to decrease or stop their medications altogether. If significant relief is achieved, the procedure can be repeated and potentially lead to additional long-term relief.
Careful tracking of procedures throughout the United States and beyond demonstrates exceptional patient tolerance. No severe events or reactions have been reported.
Some patients may notice a metallic taste from Lidocaine during the procedure.
Some patients may experience slight perceived difficulty swallowing, during the procedure, due to sensory numbness in the throat. (Verbal reassurance will usually suffice, but a sip of liquid with a flexible straw usually helps).
This simple procedure is effective in providing immediate and long-term relief from migraines and other related conditions.
It is an involuntary contraction or spasm in the muscle which causes the area to become tender and to radiate pain elsewhere and can be a major contributing factor in headaches.
It is an injection of anesthetic (typically lidocaine) directly into the “knots” in the affected muscles. This inactivates the trigger point and, therefore, alleviates the pain or headache associated with it.
There can be many causes for headaches and the pain associated with them. We do not want to leave any stone unturned. These two treatments deal with two very distinct, but integral pieces to relieving your pain issues