Occipital neuralgia can also develop from trauma to the neck, such as whiplash from a car injury, or muscle strains and tension. The event causes the tissues surrounding the nerve to become inflamed. This places pressure on the nerve, causing occipital neuralgia. In such cases, treatment of occipital neuralgia goes hand-in-hand with the treatment of the injury. As the latter improves, the former should, as well.
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