The physicians and staff at Spine, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation offer chronic headache pain treatment for the residents of Melbourne, Rockledge, Titusville, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities in Florida. We help you understand why you have chronic headache pain and offer conservative, non-surgical treatment options.
Headache Pain Treatment
Headaches are defined as pain in any area of the head. It may be in the front or back, on just one side, or on both sides. Millions of people around the world experience at least one headache each year, so you are not alone in your suffering. Headaches can be caused by inflammation of the sinuses, tight muscles in the neck, strained eyes, and a myriad of other ailments.
Headaches are categorized as primary or secondary. Primary headaches are those that are not caused by underlying medical conditions, whereas secondary headaches are linked to an underlying condition. The first step in treating your headaches is determine if they are primary or secondary.
What is Chronic Headache Pain?
Headaches are a part of life, whether they are caused by illness, allergies, or stress. An occasional headache may not require comprehensive treatment, but if you suffer from chronic headache pain, chances are that you have an underlying condition.
Chronic headaches are defined as those that:
- Persistently interfere with your daily routine and quality of life
- Are resistant to over-the-counter medications and other remedies
- Occur on more days compared to times when you do not have a headache
Types of Chronic Headache Pain
At SOAR, our team diagnoses and treats:
- Face pain
- Tension headaches
- Occipital headaches
- Orofacial pain
Face Pain Treatment
When you have a headache, especially one that is chronic, you may not notice the nuances of exactly where the pain exists. You just know that it hurts and is uncomfortable. Headaches may cause pain in specific areas of the face, such as under the eyes, in the jaw, and in the forehead area. We offer face pain treatment for these types of chronic headaches.
Migraine Headache Pain Treatment
Although the specific cause of migraines has not been identified in the medical community, the symptoms make the condition easy to diagnose. A person who lives with migraines typically experiences four stages of symptom development:
- Prodrome that involves stiffness in the neck, constipation, persistent yawning, mood swings, excessive thirst, and frequent urination
- Aura that involves certain disturbances in vision, such as waviness, colored flashes of light and spots, as well as other symptoms such as trouble hearing and talking, changes to or loss of vision, involuntary movement, facial numbness, weakness on one side of the body,and tingling in the legs and arms
- Attack during which the person may experience vomiting, nausea, fainting, feeling lightheaded, throbbing pain, and sensitivity to sound and light
- Post-drome, which is the final stage of a migraine episode during which you may feel confused, weak, dizzy, and moody
Tension Headache Pain Treatment
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. You may experience pressure, tightness, and aching in the back of your neck, head, and forehead.
Occipital Headache Pain Treatment
An occipital headache is caused by occipital neuralgia. This condition is caused by an inflammation of the nerves that begin at the top of the spine and transverse the scalp. The pain typically appears at the base of your skull.
Orofacial Pain Treatment
Orofacial pain is a specific type of facial pain that occurs in the jaw, mouth and face. Most cases of orofacial pain are related to oral health issues, but there are numerous other reasons why someone may have orofacial pain.
What Are the Benefits of Chronic Headache Pain Treatment?
- Reduces the frequency and severity of chronic headache pain
- May alleviate the dependence on medications
- Improves quality of life and day-to-day functioning
What Should I Expect from My Chronic Headache Pain Treatment?
SOAR offers the following treatments for chronic headache pain:
- Greater and lower occipital nerve blocks
- Trigger point injections
- Botox® and other facial nerve blocks
How Does Using Botox® for Headaches Work?
Many of our patients are surprised when we recommend Botox® to help with their chronic headache pain. After all, Botox® is just another wrinkle treatment, right? The reason that Botox® is effective for treating chronic headaches is the same as why it is effective for anti-aging. Botox® is a neuromodulator, meaning that it affects the nerves of the face. Within the scope of headache treatments, Botox® blocks the nerves that cause your pain.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Chronic Headache Pain Treatment?
Medical insurance may cover a portion of the cost for your chronic headache pain treatments, but you will have some out-of-pocket expenses as determined by your policy. If paying these expenses presents a financial challenge to you, speak with our patient coordinator who can determine if you qualify for a payment plan, special discounts, and other types of financial assistance.
Say No to Chronic Headache Pain!
Our physicians and their team of medical providers offer chronic headache pain treatment for the residents of Melbourne, Rockledge, Titusville, Palm Bay, and the surrounding communities in Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.