Headaches come in many different forms, from chronic migraines to a dull head after a late night out with friends.
Of the dozens of different types of primary headaches, a few accounts for the majority of cases, and these are the ones that lead to missed workdays, never mind the missed time with family and friends.
In fact, someone goes to the emergency room every 10 seconds in the United States complaining of head pain.
Here’s a look at the more common headaches and how we can help you find relief from your head pain.
Before we dive into the more common types of headaches, let’s quickly review what we’re discussing, which are primary headaches. Headaches are divided into two categories: Primary and secondary.
Primary headaches are those that stand alone and aren’t part of another condition.
On the other hand, secondary headaches are head pain caused by other issues, such as a cold, dehydration, or caffeine withdrawal. Treatments for these types of headaches involve treating the underlying issue first.
Now let’s take a look at how we can go about treating the most common primary headaches.
Let’s start with, arguably, the most debilitating type of primary headache. Migraines affect a whopping 12% of our population, both young and old.
While the primary symptom of a migraine is intense throbbing in your head, usually on one side, it can also come with a host of other problems, including blurry vision, visual disturbances, nausea, and more.
If we find that you’re suffering from migraines, we offer several treatment avenues, including:
- Nerve blocks
- Botox® injections
Each of these procedures is minimally invasive or noninvasive, which means we can tackle your migraines using a combination of these approaches for best results. We also work with you to help you do your part by having a trigger-avoidance plan in place.
Of all the headaches, tension headaches are the most common, which is little wonder given the stressful times we live in. Tension headaches feel like your head is being squeezed, and you can also feel the tension in your neck and shoulders.
If we find that tension headaches are the problem, our goal is to relieve the tension, which we can accomplish through acupuncture, over-the-counter medications, and trigger release techniques.
Since stress is usually at the core of these headaches, we also recommend any steps you can take to reduce stress, such as relaxation or deep-breathing exercises.
Cluster headaches are frustrating because they can be a moving target, coming and going in painful episodes. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for cluster headaches, but there are ways that we can reduce their impact on your life by tackling their frequency and severity.
In most cases, we turn to prescription medications to address your current head pain, as well as corticosteroids and/or nerve blocks to prevent them from returning.
Precision Pain Care and Rehabilitation has two convenient locations in Richmond Hill – Queens and New Hyde Park – Long Island. Call the Richmond Hill office at (718) 215-1888, or (516) 419-4480 for the Long Island office, to arrange an appointment with our Interventional Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Chacko.