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How could occipital neuralgia and torn trapezius muscle from an accident be treated?

I have occipital neuralgia from gym accident where i tore trapezius muscle and entrapped or put pressure on the nerve i have intense headaches all day my gp can only do so much has tried cortisone injections no effect it is now 4 months since accident and i am not any better my life has stopped
Wed, 4 Jan 2017
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Hello and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I feel in this condition of occipital neuralgia and in damaged nerve and muscle, physiotherapy can help you out. As in electrophysiotherapy machines like (TENS, IFT, and moderate heat therapy can work wonders in reducing pain, along with exercises of shoulders and trapezius a tunnel system can be made which will let the nerve move without any obstruction and pain will be reduced.

For headaches try relaxation exercises and do yoga postures like (shavasana ). Try to keep yourself well hydrated and have vit B 12 supplements as VIT b12 is considered as nerve tonic. Avoid any stress activity. Avoid lifting weights or luggage if your work requires to travel, sleep straight with butterfly pillow as it help in reducing any external pressure over the nerve.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Harsh Swarup
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