Depending on the patient’s type of headache or facial pain, an individualized plan of care will be developed. This can include medication adjustments and/or procedures such as nerve blocks, trigger points, or Botox injections. In addition to the specific headache treatments, behavioral health support can be provided. Patients have thrived with the combination of different disciplines all treating the patient and looking at the whole person.
At Boston Headache Institute we offer a range of effective treatments for headaches and facial pain which include:
Botox has recently emerged as an effective headache treatment for certain patients. As per FDA recommendations, it is administered every 12 weeks for pain relief, with relief increasing with each dose.
Medications are the most common treatment for headaches. There are a range of medications that offer relief, some are preventive and others symptomatic. Our team will prescribe the medication and dosage best suited to each patient depending on the patient’s frequency and intensity of headache, other health factors and past history with headache medications.
Nerve Blocks/Trigger Point Injections
At the Boston Headache Institute we also use nerve blocks and trigger point injections to treat certain headaches. This technique freezes or anesthetizes the nerve transmitting pain and reduces or eliminates pain following treatment. With our in-house surgery center, patients can be seen quickly and eliminate the hassle of spending hours in a hospital emergency room.
We believe an educated patient is one who understands their illness and is part of the treatment plan. Our educational workshops help headache patients manage their headaches, avoid triggers and explain how to live with and decrease headache symptoms. Understanding headache pain and the causes can often help the patient find the road to recovery.
Nutritional Counseling and Dietary Management
A patient’s diet is often an important factors in treating headaches. Through our nutrition counseling program, patients learn to identify triggers, avoid foods that commonly cause headaches, and eat a healthy diet.
Our headache support groups enable patients to share their challenges successes, and offer each other support during the treatment process.