June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness month and Advanced Radiology wants you to be aware of treatment options. Sufferers of chronic migraine, TMJ disorders, oral cancer and other facial pain can follow their noses to relief with a 15 minute, non-invasive SPG block. Administered through the nose via a needleless catheter called a Sphenocath that applies a numbing medication to the nerve located in the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a structure within the nose where the nerves that register facial and migraine pain reside. Spenocath is one of many procedures offered by the team at Advanced Radiology.
The concept of relieving migraine and facial pain through administering a nerve blocking agent to the SPG has been documented since the 1800s, but only within the last few years has the FDA approved Sphenocath as a non-invasive procedures for applying the nerve blocking agent. Previously radiologists had managed less accurate applications of numbing medication via a needle through the cheek or a swab through the nose.
Properly applied, a nerve blocking agent administered by Sphenocath can relieve migraines and other facial pain for up to three months, and are safe to repeat as necessary. Sphenocath has been recognized by the American Migraine Foundation as an effective form of treatment. To schedule a consultation, contact Advanced Radiology at 855-201-1519.