LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Dr. Ahmad Rafi with Pain Treatment Centers of America says that occipital neuralgia is a type of headache that starts from the neck and goes all the way from the back of the head to the top. These headaches can last for hours and happen every day.

"It happens because of irritation or inflammation of the two nerves at the back of the head," he says. 

There is a simple test: if you push you thumb on the back of your head, it can reproduce the typical headache.

If you suspect you might have occipital neuralgia, contact PTCOA because Dr. Rafi says there are solutions.

There are nine pain centers across the state of Arkansas. Each location features state of the art surgery centers. 

For more information about the Pain Treatment Centers of America, click here. 

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