Occipital pain can be reduced by a series of three blocks of the occipital nerve with a local anaesthetic and corticosteroid. A permanent block may be considered with the aid of heating or freezing. This is the normal mobility of the normal neck vertebrae.

For osteoarthritis of the intervertebral disc, the latter is sometimes replaced with an "artificial disc" that connects two vertebrae to each other.


We call this a cervical arthrodesis (= literally: binding of joints).
This gives good results with regard to pain management, but see for yourself how the disc above the "artificial disc" has to work extra hard to keep the neck vertebrae mobile.
Therefore, this disc will also wear out more quickly, with problem moving upwards as a result.


Recently, a genuine prosthesis was developed, which imitates the movements and the shock-absorbing function of a normal, healthy intervertebral disc.


With this prosthesis in place, normal mobility of the cervical vertebrae is achieved without overloading the neighbouring intervertebral discs.


For further information see the brochure entitled
'Placement of a prosthesis for the treatment of a cervical disc prosthesis'