Headaches are difficult to avoid and are typically a harmless side effect of an overexerted body. But not all headaches are created equal. Some headaches can be crippling, especially when accompanied by nausea, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and dizziness. Certain types of headaches are triggered by outside variables, while others attack without warning.
What are the Different Types of Headaches?
There are many types of headaches, and no two headaches are the same. Tension headaches, sinus headaches, and migraine headaches are the most common types experienced by patients.
Tension headaches plague sufferers with a constant feeling of pressure. This is felt primarily in the back of the head or neck and in the temples. The cause of a tension headache can vary, but the common denominator is muscle contractions in the neck and head.
The pain level of a tension headache can be categorized as moderate, which means they don't often impact your daily activities. You can go about your daily routine while experiencing a tension headache. This is due in part to the fact that there's no change in pain level when you bend over or exerts.
Other causes of tension headaches include:
- Certain foods
- Extended periods of driving
- Long hours on a computer
A sinus headache is associated with infection. When your sinuses become inflamed, it causes pain, pressure, and discomfort, most often near the bridge of the nose and the forehead area. This pain intensifies when you lean over or bends down, sending a rush of blood and pressure to the head.
A migraine is an extremely common form of a headache. Most people misdiagnose their headaches as a migraine or don't realize that what they're experiencing is more serious than a tension headache.
Some of the most common symptoms that accompany migraines are:
- Impaired or blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to sound
Can Ultrasound-Guided Needle Injections Alleviate Headaches?
Ultrasounds offer some unique benefits to headache sufferers. Since most of our nerves travel with arteries, nerves can be evaluated and injected using landmarks and images. The main cause of a headache can be identified, and then treated with ultrasound-guided injections that can diagnose and treat the underlying condition. (There are a number of common pain disorders that can be managed effectively by injections of peripheral nerves).
Using a high-resolution ultrasound, we can easily target the superficial branches of your facial nerve and its deep branches by recognizing the nearby muscle and bones. We use a Doppler imaging before intervention to avoid injury to surrounding vessels.
Ultrasound-guided needle injection (imaging) provides a safe effective solution in cases where patients are not responsive to or cannot tolerate oral medications, as well as for patients who are not appropriate candidates for surgery. Pain relief from ultrasound-guided needle injections typically lasts from 3 weeks to 3 months, though the maximum duration of pain relief has been 8 months after single injection.
Can Physical Therapy Alleviate Headaches?
There are fourteen joints in the cervical spine. The uppermost segments are most likely to cause symptoms of pain. A well-trained therapist can assist and differentiate which joints a headache is coming from. Whenever you experience a headache, your blood vessels supplying blood to the brain gets inflamed causing a clog in blood vessels.
Physical therapy can help alleviate symptoms, and lessen the frequency and intensity of the headaches that are mechanical in nature and are likely of cervical in origin. It can often speed recovery and teach you how to avoid conditions, including inactivity, that can worsen the pain.
If you are looking for effective, long lasting relief for migraine headaches in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading or any nearby area, call us today at (717) 652-5550 to schedule a free consultation.