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Effective Headache Treatments

Integrative Treatments For
Headache & Migraine Relief

Our team at Advanced Headache Center focuses on providing patients with alternative integrative treatments to achieve headache and migraine pain relief.

According to the World Health Organization, headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Approximately 47% of the global adult population suffers from headaches. Conventional treatment of headaches often includes over the counter pain medication and prescribed narcotics.

Relying on pain-killers should never be your only option for headache pain relief. Not only is it dangerous, but it is not as effective as integrative headache treatments that treat the headache and promote headache prevention. Continuous use of such medications can lead to dependency, kidney damage and gastrointestinal issues.

Fortunately, our team of headache specialists is highly trained and experienced in providing alternative relief to headache sufferers. Listed below are some treatments that we offer to provide headache relief, headache prevention, and an overall improved quality of life.

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Multimodal Approach

The multimodal headache treatment is often confused with rational polypharmacy. While similar, the multimodal approach offers multiple modalities of treatment including pharmacological & non pharmacological.

Rational Polypharmacy, Migraine Medications

Rational polypharmacy refers to the use of more than one medication to treat headache pain, especially when the pain is chronic. A headache specialist works with each individual patient to determine a course of treatment that makes sense for the particular pain at hand without adding adverse effects or creating dependency.

Trigger Points Injections

Trigger points are irritated and tight areas of muscle in the body that can be responsible for headaches when located in the head, neck or shoulders. This trigger point pain is often called myofascial pain. Trigger points can also be responsible for migraines and chronic headaches.

Botox For Migraines

Botox is FDA approved for it's efficacy in treating and preventing migraines. Botox injections may be administered in multiple injection sites surrounding the head and neck to decrease chronic migraine symptoms which can be debilitating.

Occipital Nerve Blocks

Occipital nerve blocks are injections directed into the tissue around the occipital nerves to decrease inflammation and swelling and pain. This type of treatment often provides headache pain relief for headaches localized in the back of the head as well as tension and migraine headaches.

Intravenous Infusions

Intravenous Infusions offer patients an alternative treatment for headaches. Many patients prefer to not rely on pain-killers or narcotic medication to ease headaches and gravitate towards safe and painless infusion therapy. Infusions for headaches reduce headache pain & often consist of magnesium, which is known to produce safe effective headache relief

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

Sphenopalatine Ganglion is a collection of nerves just behind the nose that is often responsible for chronic headaches and head pain. This Ganglion is linked to the trigeminal nerve, the main nerve involved in a headache, migraine or facial pain. The Sphenopalatine Ganglion block is frequently used for the treatment for migraines, cluster headaches, and facial pain. This minimally invasive procedure is performed in our outpatient center.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy programs can be an effective treatment option for most pain, it can be extremely effective and work quickly for the treatment of headaches. Treatments will be customized to fit your individual needs. Physical therapy can treat headaches that are caused by musculoskeletal issues including muscle tension and tightness, disc pathology, lack of neck motion, poor posture, and even tightness in the back between the shoulder blades.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can be very effective treatment for headaches. Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system can reduce headaches and even eliminate them. Chiropractic care can determine whether the headache may be caused, or aggravated by any misaligned vertebrae in the spine, a condition known as a subluxation, which may be creating undue nerve interference.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine used to help alleviate many pain conditions. It can be very effective in the treatment of migraines and headaches. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and promoting a feeling of relaxation. In a typical Acupuncture session sterile, hair-thin needles are inserted into the body by a Certified Acupuncturist for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Due to the thinness of Acupuncture needles, pain is not often experienced during an Acupuncture session.

Home Remedies for Headaches

If you’re just starting to get a headache, you may reach for the bottle of over-the-counter painkillers. That’s normal. But if the headache continues, you can try a number of home remedies for headaches that may work in lieu of pain-relieving drugs.

When you’re suffering an especially painful headache, you want migraine relief right away. Yet there is no one-size-fits-all miracle migraine cure because the source of your pain may be different from that of other sufferers’. Your best alternative is to consult with a specially trained and well-respected physician who gets to the bottom of your pain. After an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Amr Hosny — of the Advanced Headache Center in Midtown Manhattan, Paramus, NJ, and six other locations — provides a variety of acute migraine treatments that not only stop your pain but may help you avoid future episodes as well. Call the center today for the best migraine relief.

When Should I See a Doctor for Migraine Treatment?

If you’ve consistently suffered excruciating headaches, it’s past time to seek the best migraine relief treatment. Even though untreated migraine headaches lead to devastating medical and social consequences, the condition is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Millions of people suffer in silence despite the debilitating toll this disorder takes, degrading your quality of life.

Visit an NJ or NYC headache center if:

  • You suffer the worst headaches you’ve ever had.
  • Headaches upend your usual routines and incapacitate you.
  • Your headache causes you to lose vision or consciousness.
  • Your headache lasts longer than 72 hours.
  • You feel nauseous or suffer uncontrollable vomiting, along with headache pain.
  • The frequency of your headaches increases.
  • You experience a sudden loss of balance or fall from your headache.
  • You develop a nagging headache that won’t go away.
  • You have a history of headaches, but the intensity and pattern of attacks have recently changed.

An early diagnosis gets you fast and effective treatment. Dr. Amr Hosny, the leading pain management specialist at the Advanced Headache Center, uses advanced medical techniques and the latest research to deliver the best migraine relief. His multimodal approach to acute migraine treatment relieves your pain so you can resume your normal life.

Without a quick diagnosis, you may continue taking over-the-counter medications or trying your own style of home remedies for headaches, which may not be effective. In fact, they actually may be detrimental to your overall health. The expert team at the northern New Jersey and Midtown NYC headache clinics has access to the right diagnostic tools and uses the latest medical techniques for chronic and acute migraine treatment.

How Are Migraine Headaches Treated Most Effectively?

Dr. Hosny believes in using a combination of migraine treatments to suit each individual case. There’s no miracle migraine cure that works for everyone. Some people need a combination of pain medications, while others need concurrent medical treatments from different modalities.

The goals of a migraine relief specialist are to:

  • Stop your pain.
  • Locate the main source of the headache.
  • Create a migraine treatment plan specifically for you.
  • Prevent a recurrence of the headaches.

At the Advanced Headache Center in Manhattan or several Bergen County, NJ locations, your doctor carries out multiple diagnostic tests, as needed, to pinpoint the reasons for your headaches. Tests such as a CT scan, ultrasound, or an MRI can illuminate abnormalities, providing Dr. Hosny with a treatment direction. Once he evaluates your case, he recommends the best migraine relief plan for you.

What Are Treatment Options for My Migraine?

Migraine treatments available at the Advanced Headache Center include:

  • Chiropractic care. A pinched nerve in your neck can cause debilitating headaches. Instead of loading up on painkillers, you can try a chiropractic adjustment to stop the pain. You may need a series of sessions to remain pain-free.
  • Physical therapy. PT focuses on helping you maintain proper posture, teaching you the correct way to move, and ensuring that the exercise you do is appropriate for your needs. All of this work reduces the chances that you’ll develop a migraine from skeletal or musculature issues.
  • Acupuncture. An ancient Chinese medicine practice, acupuncture uses tiny needles placed precisely to regulate the energy through the meridians in your body. Energy blockages can cause pain, including migraines. Acupuncture is considered an alternative modality, but it’s been shown to have remarkable results.
  • Botox injections. While normally used for non-surgical cosmetic purposes, Botox for migraines is now an accepted and FDA-approved use. These migraine injections freeze muscles, preventing the constant contractions that may be causing your migraine headache.
  • Intravenous infusions. By placing medicine, vitamins, and other nutrients directly into your bloodstream through an IV, your doctor delivers what your body needs quickly, which sometimes can produce instant migraine relief.
  • Rational polypharmacy. This treatment involves the careful combination of multiple pain medicines to maximize effectiveness while minimizing the addictiveness of the cocktail. Rational polypharmacy requires working closely with your migraine relief specialist.
  • Trigger point injections. A migraine shot of painkilling medicine directly in a trigger point in your shoulder, neck, or head can ease your headache pain. Trigger points are focused on areas of muscle and myofascial tissue that can cause migraines.
  • Occipital nerve block. Many migraines may be connected to inflamed occipital nerves. This migraine injection provides relief by treating the occipital nerves directly with pain medicine and anti-inflammatories.
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block. Like the occipital nerve block, this migraine shot delivers medicine and anesthetics directly where they’re needed: to the trigeminal nerve and the sphenopalatine ganglion. Calming these nerve structures behind your nose deadens most migraines and cluster headaches.
  • Stellate ganglion block. This is another type of nerve block injection that’s effective for migraine headaches that don’t give you an aura. It targets the stellate ganglion, which is located at the base of your posterior neck.

Dr. Hosny and his team use a multimodal approach to treating your migraine headache at the Advanced Headache Center. To get the most effective migraine cure, your treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis derived from an exam, a medical history, and results from tests. Treatment needs to be focused on the most likely cause of your headache pain.

What Are Other Options for Resolving My Migraine?

You should never try to self-medicate, either with over-the-counter painkillers or alternative therapies. Consult a migraine specialist like Dr. Hosny at one of his offices in New York City or northern New Jersey. Without a firm diagnosis from a migraine specialist, you may hurt yourself more or develop an unnecessary addiction.

One thing you can do that’s helpful is to create a migraine notebook. Jot down the day and time of your migraine attack, as well as its severity and duration. If you have an idea of the triggers that set off your attack, make a note of them too. Your doctor uses this information to better understand your case and deliver targeted treatment.

Migraine attacks and the accompanying symptoms can turn your life upside down. To get your life back on track and enjoy migraine relief, consult a headache specialist. Contact Dr. Hosny at the Advanced Headache Center to start on a path back to a normal life without debilitating migraine pain.