Do You Suffer From Headaches?
If you suffer from headaches, you are not alone. Almost everyone has an occasional headache. Migraine headaches occur in 1 in 7 adults. Frequent headaches, defined as a headache 3 times a week or more, occurs in 5% of the population. While headaches are generally managed by neurologists, some headaches are not responsive to conventional medication treatments. If conventional treatments are not working to stop your headaches, the doctors at Unique Pain Medicine offer cutting edge treatments that actually work!
In younger professionals, headaches frequently occur secondary to inflammation in the cervical spine. This is called Cervicogenic headache. If conventional migraine treatments are not working, an upper cervical facet injection can help diagnose and treat the source of the headaches. If a facet injection breaks the pain cycle, the cause of the migraine is likely cervicogenic. A correct diagnosis will lead to a successful treatment plan, resulting in resolution of headaches and improved quality of life.
We offer a full range of Headache Treatments in our Manhattan and Brooklyn locations.
Cervicogenic Headaches (CGH)
Cervicogenic headaches (CGH) are headaches that originated from a cervical (neck) pathology. CGH represents a challenging condition to treat. This is because the headache results from pain that is outside of the head, and originates in the cervical spine. CGH is frequently accompanied by a reduced range of motion in the neck and neck pain or stiffness. It is often confused for a migraine or a tension headache.
CGH is a unilateral (one-sided) headache which initially starts from the back of the head and neck. Pain can be felt in the back or front of the head. Headaches tend to be frequent, and can be associated with nausea and vomiting. There is a less common variant of CGH, wherein the head and neck pain is bilateral (both sides) and is exacerbated by specific neck positions and activities such as typing or hairdressing. Sustained postures or specific neck movements can initiate the headache. Stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep will increase the frequency and severity of symptoms.
Treatment for headaches include:
- Cervical medial branch block – This will abolish the headache if the cause is cervicogenic. The procedure is diagnostic and therapeutic.
- Cervical Radiofrequency ablation – This will provide sustained relief and decreased intensity of the headache for up to 2 years.
- Physical Therapy
- Sphenopalatine Gangion Block (SPG Block) – Injection of local anesthetic around the sphenopalatine ganglion. This will abort most headaches relatively quickly.
Are Headache Treatments Covered by Insurance?
Yes, the evaluation and headache treatments are covered by all health insurance plans.
If you are suffering from chronic or acute headaches, please contact us at 929-363-0303 or book your appointment online and let’s talk about a pain management treatment plan that is right for you.