Atlanto-occipital joint pain: A report of three cases and description of an intraarticular joint block technique

Paul Dreyfuss, James Rogers, Susan Dreyer, David Fletcher

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Abstract

Background and Objectives. The atlanto-occipital (AO) joint is a true, innervated synovial joint with the potential to cause pain. Methods. A detailed description of an AO joint injection technique is provided, as none was found on review of the literature. Results. Using this technique, three illustrative cases provide preliminary evidence that intraarticular injection of the AO joint may have both diagnostic and therapeutic value for the treatment of upper cervical pain and headaches. Conclusions. Although AO joint injections may prove to be an effective adjunct to more traditional forms of conservative treatment, additional prospective studies are needed to better define the role of intraarticular AO joint injections in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck pain. Reg Anesth 1994: 19: 344-351.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-351
Number of pages8
JournalRegional Anesthesia
Volume19
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

Keywords

  • Anatomy
  • Anesthesia
  • Atlanto-occipital joint
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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