Headache and Migraine Pain Management
Headache/Migraine Pain Symptoms:
Headaches are classified into 12 categories, but the most common forms of headaches are stress or tension headaches. During a tension headache, pain is most often located near the forehead and/or the back of the head. As a result of contracting muscles, a tension headache often causes constricting pressure pain. Migraines are more intense headaches and can be accompanied with nausea and vomiting, as well as light sensitivity and blurred vision. Migraine headaches give off a throbbing, pulsating pain usually found in the forehead or temple that can occur on one or both sides of the head.
Animation: Migraine Headaches
There are many potential causes of headaches and migraines, including: tight or strained muscles, disc injury or degeneration, arthritis or inflamed joints in the neck, pinched nerved in the cervical spine, and physical trauma or injury, which can cause inflammation in the brain, leading to headaches.
Headache/Migraine Pain Risk Factors:
Some risk factors associated with many different types of headaches include: anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, obesity, overuse of caffeine, overuse of pain management medications and poor physical posture.
Headache/Migraine Pain Testing:
There are many minimally invasive tests that can be performed at a headache pain clinic to help find the causes of headaches. For example, facet joint injections in the cervical spine can help to diagnose the root cause of headache pain, as well as be a therapeutic intervention. A physical exam in addition to diagnostic testing can help determine the best course for headache or migraine pain management. There are a number of headache and migraine pain management treatment options offered by Advanced Pain Management's headache pain clinic that may help reduce or eliminate the painful symptoms of headaches.
Headache/Migraine Treatment Options:
There are a number of headache pain clinic treatment options that provide headache and migraine pain management, which include:
- Facet Joint Injection
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Stellate Ganglion Block
- Radiofrequency Neuro Ablation
- Trigger Point Injection
- Massage Therapy
- Neurostimulation Therapy – Occipital Nerve Stimulation
- Ganglion Block
- Botox Injection
- Nerve Blocks
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Medication Management
- Pain Psychology
At Advanced Pain Management, our headache pain/migraine pain management treatment centers and headache pain clinic doctors value the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. For those headache pain treatments not offered by Advanced Pain Management, we are able to refer you to other headache pain clinics.
Last reviewed July 2013 by APM's Medical Executive Committee.