Identifing the cause and type of headaches you are experiencing is key to determining the best treatment option. Using this information, a treatment plan is developed that may include non-pharmaceutical treatments, such as acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, dietary supplements, as well as other physical therapy treatments. While these treatment options often provide relief, many patients also use medications to reduce and control headache pain.
If you suffer from migraines, the causes and symptoms may differ from other types of headaches. Specific recommendations for migraine headaches will be offered accordingly.
Types of Treatments for Headaches
The exact treatments administered will depend largely upon the cause of the headaches, the severity of the pain, and the preferences of the patient. Many patients choose to treat chronic headaches with the help of medication. In concert with your primary care physician and/or a referred neurologist, your pain specialist will fine-tune a treatment regimen for you. Certain medications can be taken regularly in order to prevent headaches before they develop; others may be taken to relieve the pain of a headache once it has already begun.
Additional treatment options are available, including neck injections specifically targeting known headache triggers. These interventional therapies will be explained to you, along with expected results.
Side Effects and Potential Risks of Headache Treatment
There are many medications available to treat headaches, but the side effects, risks, and results for each can vary considerably. Always consult with your physician before beginning a new medication. Our headache pain treatments are safe; however, as with any medical treatment, there is the possibility of side effects or complications. If you are prescribed a medication to treat your headache, the possible side effects are typically very mild. Please consult with your physician regarding the specific potential side effects associated with your prescribed treatment plan.