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If you suffer from chronic headaches, you know how debilitating they can be. At our pain medicine clinic, we specialize in advanced procedures such as occipital nerve blocks and cervical medial branch blocks that target the source of your pain. Our experienced team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your unique needs and helps you regain control of your life.

Our Treatment of headaches

Interventional Treatment:

  1. Nerve Blocks:

    • Local anesthetics or steroids can be injected around nerves associated with headache pain. For example, occipital nerve blocks are used for certain types of headaches.

  2. Botox Injections:

    • FDA-approved for chronic migraines, Botox injections can reduce headache frequency and severity by paralyzing muscles or blocking pain signals.

  3. Occipital Nerve Stimulation:

    • This involves implanting a device that sends electrical impulses to the occipital nerves, potentially reducing pain signals.

  4. SPG (Sphenopalatine Ganglion) Blocks:

    • These blocks involve injecting anesthetic agents into the SPG to alleviate various types of headaches.

  5. Radiofrequency Ablation:

    • This procedure uses heat generated by radiofrequency waves to disrupt nerve pathways involved in headache generation.

  6. Neurostimulation:

    • Implantable devices, such as occipital nerve stimulators, are used to modulate pain signals in chronic headache sufferers.

It's essential to note that interventional treatments are typically considered after non-interventional measures have been exhausted or when headaches are severe and significantly impact a person's quality of life. The choice of treatment depends on the type and frequency of headaches, as well as individual patient factors. 

Traditional Treatment of headaches

Headaches can be classified into different types, such as tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and secondary headaches (caused by an underlying medical condition). Treatment approaches vary based on the type and severity of the headache. Here, I'll discuss various aspects of headache treatment, including both non-interventional and interventional approaches:

It is extremely important that you document previous treatments and compile it for your first patient visit. 

Non-Interventional Treatment:

  1. Lifestyle Modifications:

    • Adequate Sleep: Establishing a regular sleep pattern can reduce the frequency of headaches.

    • Stress Management: Techniques like mindfulness, yoga, and deep breathing can help manage stress.

    • Regular Exercise: Physical activity can contribute to overall well-being and reduce the frequency of headaches.

  2. Dietary Changes:

    • Identifying and avoiding trigger foods (common in migraines).

    • Maintaining consistent meal times and staying hydrated.

  3. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications:

    • Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin can provide relief for mild to moderate headaches.

    • Care should be taken to avoid overuse, which can lead to medication-overuse headaches.

  4. Prescription Medications:

    • Triptans: Specifically for migraines, these medications help alleviate symptoms by constricting blood vessels and blocking pain pathways.

    • Beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and anticonvulsants may be prescribed for preventive measures.

  5. Biofeedback and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

    • These approaches aim to teach individuals how to control physiological functions and change behavior patterns, potentially reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.



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