With the recent concussion settlement between the NFL and their players, and Major League Baseball establishing a new 7-day concussion DL for their players, the effects of concussive impact on athletes is in the news more than ever before. The science is being studied at higher levels and with more money behind it than ever before. One thing that is not mentioned in all of this is the care afterwards of athletes who are living the rest of their lives with migraines and nerve pain that in some cases can be reduced or eliminated with peripheral nerve surgery.
The Occipital Nerve is the nerve that causes migraines when it is impinged. This can come from a variety of sources, including sports. Athletes in collision sports, or action sports, can suffer whiplash or worse, which can often cause migraines.
These injuries compound over the course of an athlete’s career. They are not generally treated mid-season, and this can lead to a cascade effect where the injury escalates during the year or career. When athletes begin to learn to live with pain or treat it with medication the condition can worsen and cause more pain as they age. Traditional cures such as medication and massage can alleviate the problem, but do not strike at the heart of the problem. They merely push it off for a while.
Surgical Decompression has been shown to reduce migraines in 88% of cases. This an extremely effective solution for migraine pain relief. All athletes, current and former, that suffer from debilitating headaches or migraines should consult their physician for the way forward if traditional cures prove ineffective.
I have performed hundreds of Occipital Nerve surgeries on satisfied patients. If nothing else has helped, peripheral nerve surgery may be the answer for you.