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Migraines Specialist

Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville

Integrative Medicine & Medical Clinic located in Knoxville, TN

If you suffer from migraines, you’ve probably wished there were a way to stop the pain right at its source. And now, thanks to medical breakthroughs, there is. Integrated Medical Solutions now offers Allevio SPG Nerve Blocks at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville. For more information about this highly effective treatment for migraine headaches, call the office in Knoxville, Tennessee, or book your appointment online today.

Migraines Q & A

What is an SPG block?

For over a century, doctors have known that targeting the Sphenopalatine Ganglion, or SPG, can be effective for head pain. The SPG is a nerve cell group behind your nose that links to the main nerve involved in headaches: the trigeminal nerve. By applying a local anesthetic to the SPG, doctors have the means to block the pain.

In the early 1900s, the earliest SPG blocks were developed. Medical providers put a numbing solution on cotton swabs, which they inserted into the nose to deliver the medicine as close to the SPG as possible. To get even closer, doctors later began to use needles to inject the anesthetic through the cheek. Fortunately, medical advancements have made this treatment much more effective and less invasive.

Today, your provider at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville can use a catheter – a very thin plastic tube – to insert the anesthetic directly into your SPG via your nostril, giving you the most pain relief possible. The practice has chosen to use Allevio SPG Nerve Block Catheter because it’s both highly effective and minimally invasive to apply.

What is Allevio?

Allevio SPG Nerve Block Catheter is a medical device specifically designed to treat migraine headaches. This extremely narrow device has an angled tip for effectively delivering pain blocking to the SPG. It also has features that ensure your comfort and safety during your procedure, like contrasted depth marking and a directional arrow.

What can I expect during my Allevio treatment?

Because of the Allevio’s innovative design and the team’s extensive training with SPG block catheters, your migraine treatment will be quick and painless. No sedative is needed, but your provider can use a local numbing agent to help you feel more comfortable.

For the most effective treatment for migraine headaches, your provider injects Allevio into your SPG through both nostrils. The actual treatment for each nostril only takes around 20 seconds.

You can repeat your Allevio treatment as frequently as is necessary to bring you full relief from your migraine headaches.

If you suffer from migraines and are ready to put a stop to your head pain, Allevio can help. For more information or to set up your treatment, call Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, or book your appointment online.