Headache and Migraine Treatment
Medical Treatment Options for Headaches
Our team at Monmouth Pain works to find the cause of your headache before any treatment plan is created. Science has shown that the majority of headaches (60%+) are caused from issues in the neck. Oftentimes, by correcting misalignments in the neck, many chronic headache sufferers find relief.
Our Pain Management medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists collaborate to determine the cause and then work together to help you find long lasting relief for your headaches.
‘Headache’ (or cephalgia) is a broad term that encompasses a number of conditions related to the head and neck. The brain itself lacks pain receptors; headache pain is caused by disorders of the structures surrounding the brain (thus a wide variety of headache types and symptoms exist).
The most common types of headache include:
- Migraine Headache: This type of headache is a symptom of a larger neurological disorder, and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances (among other symptoms). The headache itself usually occurs on one side of the head and can be debilitating. Regular chiropractic adjustments can prevent migraines.
- Tension Headache: Tension Headaches are experienced as a constant pressure on the head. They are distinguished from Migraine headaches in that they produce a dull, non-throbbing ache and tightness, and are usually experienced on both sides of the head. The pain of a tension headache can range from mild to severe.
- Cluster Headache: Cluster headaches are diagnosed less frequently than migraine or tension headaches. This condition produces painful attacks that range in length from five minutes to an hour. They occur in clusters, in which a sufferer may experience several headaches every day for weeks or even months at a time.
Do you suffer from tension headaches? If you suffer from tension headaches our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office offers Tension Point Injections for Tension Head Ache treatment in Monmouth & Ocean County. If you are interested in relieving your Tension Headaches learn more about our comprehensive treatment for headache sufferers.
Migraine headaches are a symptom of a debilitating neurological disorder; they are characterized by severe, throbbing pain (usually felt on one side of the head); nausea and vomiting; sensitivity to light and sound; and visual disturbances. If you suffer from migraine headaches in NJ you can benefit from our Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation treatment offered to our patients at our Shrewsbury, Freehold, Wall, and Lacey offices.
A staggering 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Women are affected three times more often than men. The typical headache experience lasts anywhere from 4 to 72 hours, and can seriously restrict an otherwise active and productive lifestyle.
Medical Care for Migraine Headaches
Many migraine headache sufferers rely on both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription painkillers to relieve pain. While migraines cause considerable suffering, it is important to seek out healthy, conservative pain management options and avoid drug use whenever possible.
There are a number of pain medications commonly used to treat migraine headache pain. These may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), triptans, anti-nausea drugs, butalbital combinations (a sedative combined with aspirin, acetaminophen, or caffeine), and opiates. Of these, at least three options (NSAIDs, opiates, and butalbital) are known to cause rebound headaches, a phenomenon in which the drug that brings relief may actually cause another headache. NSAIDs cause ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding when used in the long term, while opiates are known for their addictive properties.
Physicians who are specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatrists) work by treating the cause of migraine headache pain, thereby reducing the need for medications. The treatment plans offered by the Physiatrists at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation focus on using the most conservative methods first. These might include physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture. When these options have been exhausted, and migraine headache pain persists, our Physiatrists may use Trigger Point Injections, which address the myofascial trigger points that often lead to migraine headache pain.
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