Chronic Headaches

Headaches have a damaging impact on a patient’s quality of life, and our headache specialists can provide the latest physical medicine techniques to end your suffering.

Headaches can be triggered by many different factors including certain foods, environmental stimuli (light, noises, stress, etc.) excessive exercise, and blood sugar changes.  About 5% of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.  We have found that most headaches, regardless of severity, are also associated with dysfunction of the cervical spine.

Common Headache Classifications:

headacheMigraine Headaches:  Severe, painful headache that is often paired with blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and an increased sensitivity to light and sound.  These excruciating headaches can last several hours, or even a few days.  Migraines result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of nerve fiber chemicals around the vessels.  These headaches occur most frequently in women.

Tension Headaches:  These are the most common type of headache among young adults and they are usually caused by stress or sleep deprivation, but can also be a result of exposure to excessive glare, muscle strain due to poor posture, or teeth grinding.  Tension headaches can appear periodically or even daily and can last anywhere for 30 minutes to several days.  Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from tension-type headaches. These headaches are usually associated with dysfunction of the neck muscles and joints.

Cluster Headaches:  Cluster Headaches are the least common type of headache and they occur over a period of time called the “cluster period,” that can last weeks or even months.  Often they reoccur at the same time, each with migraine-like symptoms.  Most people diagnosed with cluster headaches are under the age of thirty.

Occipital Neuralgia:  When the occipital nerves, located between the second and third vertebrae in the neck, are damaged or squeezed by misaligned vertebrae or muscles, they cause spasms and pain in the upper back, head, and neck.  Damaged nerves are often a result of injury (whiplash or head trauma), spinal column compression, or less commonly, by localized infection or inflammation, gout, diabetes, or tumors.

Cervicogenic Headache:  These are the most common headache and they are caused by structural irregularities in the neck and head.

Let us work to stop and prevent your chronic headaches and migraines.  Call us today at 732-935-1000 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our pain relief team.