Headaches are one of the most common reasons for a trip to the doctor. Headaches can vary in intensity from dull to severe. They can last for a short while or can span over days. The majority of the time, headaches are not directly related to a neurological issue. There are hundreds of medical conditions that can cause headaches, which makes treating headaches difficult. For headache sufferers, finding relief can feel like a full time job. The team at NY Neurology Associates understands the frustration that can arise from chronic headaches and offers a number of treatment options to provide relief.
The first step in treating headache pain is to identify the root cause of the pain and to determine the type of headaches a person is experiencing. Each headache type has unique symptoms and unique treatments. The first step to identifying headaches is getting a detailed history of your headache experience. Expect questions about the frequency, location, and severity of your headaches. You’ll be asked what works to ease the pain of your headaches and what does not. Keeping a headache diary can help your pain management team to better understand what you’re experiencing.
Typically, pain management has a goal of completely stopping the pain a person is experiencing. With headaches, the approach is more complicated. The focus of pain management for headaches is to significantly reduce the severity, duration, and frequency of the headaches. Treatment options for headache pain include:
- Epidural injections
- Massage therapy
- Botox injections
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic treatment
- Pain medication
- Neurostimulation therapy
The exact course of treatment will depend on your specific medical needs. Pain management man include several of these methods in order to provide each patient with the level of support they need.
To begin the process to manage your headache pain, contact NY Neurology Associates today.