Headaches Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

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.

Headaches Q & A

What are headaches?

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.

What are the symptoms of headaches?

Symptoms of headaches include:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Dull aching or throbbing pain
  • Tightness or pressure across the forehead
  • Nausea
  • Pain on one side of the head
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness

If you get migraines, you might also experience increased sensitivity to light and sound.

What causes headaches?

Headaches occur due to primary or secondary causes:

Primary causes of headaches

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 causes of headaches

Secondary headaches occur due to an underlying medical condition, such as a brain tumor, medication overuse, or a sinus infection.

What are the types of headaches?

The team at Pain Care, LLC, treats various types of headaches, including:

  • Tension headaches - a tightening of the muscles in the scalp and neck
  • Cluster headaches - headaches that cause intense pain on one side of the head
  • Migraine headaches - long-lasting headaches that cause severe, throbbing pain
  • Rebound headaches - occur when you stop taking medication that treats headaches
  • Thunderclap headaches - happen suddenly and require immediate attention

How are headaches diagnosed?

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. 

How are headaches treated?

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.