Everyone experiences headaches on occasion. Most respond to conservative treatments, like over-the-counter pain medication, but some point to an underlying health problem or need more specialized care. At Pain Care, LLC, the team of interventional spine and pain management experts specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches. To make an appointment at the Metro Atlanta office in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, or Johns Creek, Georgia, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
A headache is any pain, tightness, or discomfort that affects your face, scalp, or neck. The majority of headaches resolve on their own, but some cause debilitating symptoms that require professional medical help.
Symptoms of headaches include:
If you get migraines, you might also experience increased sensitivity to light and sound.
Headaches occur due to primary or secondary causes:
Primary causes of headaches occur due to underlying processes in the brain. The most common types of primary headaches include migraines, tension, and cluster headaches.
Secondary headaches occur due to an underlying medical condition, such as a brain tumor, medication overuse, or a sinus infection.
The team at Pain Care, LLC, treats various types of headaches, including:
To diagnose headaches, your Pain Care, LLC, provider reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and performs a complete neurological evaluation. During the exam, they ask questions about your lifestyle, including how often you exercise, the amount of sleep you get, and if you drink alcohol or caffeine.
If your provider suspects an underlying medical condition is causing your headaches, they order additional tests, including a complete blood count, skull and sinus X-rays, and an MRI or CT scan of your head.
Treatment of headaches depends on several factors, including the type of headaches you experience and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, the team at Pain Care, LLC, recommends conservative treatment, like ice, rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking over-the-counter pain medicine.
The team might also recommend acupuncture, biofeedback, cold and hot therapy, or regular exercise. If you experience migraines or another type of persistent headache, prescription medication or injections might be necessary. If neck pain is responsible for your headaches, the team can treat the underlying cause.
To explore the various treatment options for headaches, make an appointment at Pain Care, LLC, by calling the nearest office or clicking the online scheduler today.