Headaches come in a variety of forms. It is important to correctly diagnose the headache type in order to treat it effectively so you can get some relief. One of the most common types of headaches is the cervicogenic headache, so called because it originates due to tension and stress in the neck (cervical spine). This type of headache is very responsive to physical medicine and is something we are very effective at treating.
Headaches and head pain can occur in a variety of areas around the face and head. The pain can be especially severe and range from spot locations to wide bands of pain and discomfort around the head. Headaches can become so severe that you may experience nausea or difficulty seeing.
What Are The Causes Of Headaches?
Headaches can come in a variety of forms, including a migraine, cluster or tension headache. They may be the result of physical or emotional stress, a chemically-related disorder, or can be a sign of a more serious condition. But no matter the cause, every headache sufferer will agree: the pain is unwelcome.
How Do We Treat Headaches?
Pain Care Specialists of Oregon approaches your healthcare from every angle to provide an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Migraine treatment varies depending on the patient and symptoms. Most migraine specialists try to determine environments to avoid by identifying triggers. For example, those who experience migraines when exposed to bright lights may be instructed to wear protective eye wear in the sun and consciously avoid staring into artificial light. Other common preventive lifestyle changes include avoiding certain odors and beverages, or adjusting sleeping conditions. These preemptive strategies can help eliminate migraines all together.
We can prescribe preventative drugs that can also help fight off migraines. Cardiovascular drugs, such as beta-blockers, and anti-depression can prevent attacks. Once migraines hit, there are number of pain management options. Anti-nausea medications, opiates, and pain relievers treat specific symptoms to reduce the discomfort of migraines.
Like many internal ailments, healthy living is one of the most effective treatments. Avoiding too much stress, exercising and eating properly will reduce the chance of migraines and dismiss the need for more complicated, expensive options.
If you are experiencing headaches or migraines, please call today to make an appointment. Pain Care Specialists of Oregon will identify the cause and treat you with exquisite care.