The most common type of headache is a tension headache. Tension headaches are due to tight muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw. They are often related to stress, depression or anxiety. You are more likely to get tension headaches if you work too much, don’t get enough sleep, miss meals, or use alcohol.
Other common types of headaches include migraines, cluster headaches, and sinus headaches. Most people can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and taking pain relievers.
Not all headaches require a doctor’s attention. But sometimes headaches warn of a more serious disorder. Let your health care provider know if you have sudden, severe headaches. Get medical help right away if you have a headache after a blow to your head, or if you have a headache along with a stiff neck, fever, confusion, loss of consciousness, or pain in the eye or ear.
Diagnosis Of Headaches
If you are suffering from frequent headaches, our physicians are board certified, and are dedicated to giving you a comprehensive exam that will aid in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, our doctors will find out the reason for your pain, and then get you on the road to better health right away. Here are a few steps our physicians use when completing their comprehensive exams:
- We take your complete medical history to identify or rule out possible causes of your pain.
- We conduct a thorough physical exam
- We carefully review your symptoms, including how you would describe the pain (burning, achy, sharp, etc.)
- We may order diagnostic tests, including x-ray, MRI or CT scan, to help us diagnose your headache pain
Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we will work together with you to create a treatment plan that will effectively address your chronic headaches.
Possible Treatments For Headaches
We offer several treatments that can help relieve headache pain, including:
- Injection therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Trigger point injection
- Epidural steroid injection
- Occipital nerve block
- Alternative therapies
- Medication management