Headache Treatments Migraine Treatments

These are the Most Common Headaches Treated in Our Office:

Have you been suffering from constant headaches / Migraines since years, then here’s a great news for you. Our latest Headache Treatments / Migraine Treatments offer you almost instant pain relief and in a few repeated treatment sessions your headaches are almost gone forever. Our Headache Treatments / Migraine Treatments are a great choice for every type of Headache such as Migraines, Cluster headaches, Trigeminal Neuralgia or other various types of severe headaches. Our providers James Galbraith, MD and Vik Reddy FNP-C has studied, and mastered, a Revolutionary New Treatment that has shown in our practice to alleviate pain in most patients in a short period of time.

The clinical procedure is as simple as spraying some medicines into your nose with a small plastic applicator and THAT’S IT !!!

This clinical procedure is called SPG Block or Spheno-Palatine Block

What is the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG)?

A ganglion represents many nerves grouped together that send messages to other nerves. Some ganglia help control movement and some help with sensation including pain and temperature, while others help with both. The SPG is located in the back of the nasal cavity, outside of the brain, and as a result, is the only ganglion exposed to the environment. It has very close connections with many nerves, including the trigeminal nerve, which send signals to and from the brain controlling sensation, pain and certain movements. Many studies have demonstrated that the SPG is directly involved in the pathway of numerous forms of headache and, when stimulated, can worsen symptoms and cause debilitating chronic headaches. By disrupting the function of the nerves in the SPG, it is possible to reduce the facial pain and headaches experienced by many patients, leading to significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life.

What is involved with an SPG block?

SPG diagram.spgblocktx360

Although there are different approaches to blocking the SPG, the “needle-less” intranasal approach is the simplest, most common, and least risky. You will be asked to lie down with your neck slightly extended or sit down with your head slightly elevated. This is then followed by the administration of concentrated anesthetic solution (sprayed into each nostril using a special applicator) to block the SPG. The entire procedure takes between 10 – 15 minutes and does not require sedation.

How successful is this procedure?

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 patients show complete or near complete resolution of symptoms within 24 hours of the procedure, many of these patients continue to have improvement one week after 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. Headaches related to allergies, muscle tension, or degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine are much less likely to respond long term to the SPG block.

What are the risks involved?

 The risks and side effects of transnasal SPG block are few. Rarely you may notice mild and nosebleed (epistaxis) from nasal irritation. You may experience a bitter taste from the medicine as well as a temporary numbness in the nose, mouth and throat from the therapeutic anesthetic solution.

How can I schedule a consultation to find out if I am a candidate for this procedure?

If you would like a consultation to discuss this treatment option and assess your candidacy for this procedure, please call Vcare Health Services at 214-550-0680

We use a special applicator called TX360 which was developed by an anesthesiologist, Dr. Tian Xia, MD after years of clinical practice administering therapeutic drugs to the SPG foramen. To simplify the treatment and make the short procedure more comfortable Dr. Xia developed a special proprietary applicator which has been reviewed by FDA prior to its market introduction. The treatment method is fully covered by PPO and Medicare insurances. In 2010, Dr. Tian Xia has created the Tx360® device, which was reviewed and cleared for market by FDA. The device provides medical professionals with a convenient and safe way to deliver small amounts of selected fluid (≤1cc) to the ganglion that is responsible for headache pain. 

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