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2024 Jul 03

Curr Pain Headache Rep


Conservative Management of Occipital Neuralgia Supported by Physical Therapy: A Review of Available Research and Mechanistic Rationale to Guide Treatment.


Deuel D, Sandgren A, Nelson EO, Cropes M, Deacon A, Houdek T, Abd-Elsayed A


Conservative management is consistently recommended as a first line intervention for occipital neuralgia (ON); however, there is limited clinical research regarding conservative intervention for ON. This lack of research may lead to underutilization or unwarranted variability in conservative treatment. This article provides mechanism-based guidance for conservative management of ON as a component of a multimodal treatment approach, and discusses the role of the physical therapist in the care team. It also highlights opportunities for further research to refine conservative management of this condition.