While there are actually twelve (12) different types of headaches, tension and stress headaches are generally the most common. With a tension headache, the pain is mostly felt near the forehead and/or back of the head, which is caused by contracting muscles creating a squeezing pressure on the brain at these locations. Stress headaches however; more commonly known as migraines, are much more intense and are typically accompanied by the patient having high sensitivity to light, vomiting, nausea, and blurred vision. The pain itself is more of a pulsing, throbbing pain at the temple(s) and/or forehead.
Causes of Migraine
Some causes for migraine are degeneration or disc injury, strained or tight muscles, inflamed joints, arthritis, physical injury, trauma, and pinched nerves in the cervical spine. Any one of these can cause inflammation in the brain, which in turn causes a migraine headache.
Risk Factors Associated With Migraine
Risk factors linked with migraines include depression, anxiety, obesity, insomnia, poor physical posture, caffeine overuse, and painkiller overuse.
Migraine Pain Evaluation
Evaluation to identify the source of migraines can be performed by running minimally invasive tests. One example is a facet joint injection into the cervical spine, which works as both a method for diagnosing and a method for treatment. Physical examinations can also be used as a means for diagnosing the source of a migraine.
Treatment Options Available For Migraine Pain
Treatment options for migraine are quite varied and help with managing the pain from migraines. Some of these include:
- Trigger Point Injection
- Facet Joint Injection
- Stellate Ganglion Block
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Massage Therapy
- Radiofrequency Neuroablation
- Botox Injection
- Neurostimulation Therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Nerve Blocks
- Physical Therapy
- Pain Psychology
- Medical management
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