Trigeminal neuralgia and occipital neuralgia are both uncommon but severe headache disorders that can often be treated with chiropractic care.
Neuralgias are a relatively recent classification, but more and more people are discovering they have these serious nervous system conditions. They’re often diagnosed as “idiopathic,” meaning there’s no direct cause (such as trauma from a car accident or fall).
Even though TN and ON are rare, if you have either, you will want more than anything to get effective treatment.
Below, we’ll discuss detailed differences and similarities between trigeminal and occipital neuralgia. If you’re looking for a non-medical, non-surgical treatment that addresses the root cause of these chronic pain conditions, consider upper cervical chiropractic care.
What’s the Difference Between Occipital and Trigeminal Neuralgia?
The main difference between occipital neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia is the nerve causing your pain. ON is caused by the inflammation or compression of the occipital nerve, while TN is caused by the inflammation or compression of the trigeminal nerve (the largest cranial nerve).
These nerve clusters are in different places around your head and upper spine. (See images below.)
More differences between ON and TN include the root causes, symptoms, and treatment options. However, all of these aspects have similarities and differences:
Henry Gray (1825–1861). Anatomy of the Human Body. 1918.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms
Occipital Neuralgia Symptoms
Treatment Options for Trigeminal and Occipital Neuralgia
Although there are different treatment interventions for trigeminal neuralgia versus occipital neuralgia, below are the common treatment options that may address both:
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help
Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on the top two vertebrae of your spinal cord: the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2). These top two vertebrae may be responsible for compressing or irritating your trigeminal or occipital nerve roots.
An upper cervical spine chiropractor can adjust your upper spine, resulting in nerve decompression and delivering long-lasting pain relief.
A qualified chiropractor can also help identify the root cause of your TN/ON with a physical examination if an upper spinal misalignment is not the main issue. Vascular abnormalities may also lead to head, neck, and face pain (cephalalgia).
Schedule your appointment with Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic today! You can also call us at 303-955-8270. We reserve Fridays for traveling patients.