Headaches are one of the most common pain-related conditions, with nearly every person experiencing some type of headache at least once in their lives. Some headaches, such as migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches, are referred to as primary headaches. Primary headaches are considered to be conditions in and of themselves. Headaches that are a symptom of an underlying condition are referred to as secondary headaches. When headaches are caused by neck pain or injury, it is known as a cervicogenic headache.
What is the best treatment for cervicogenic headaches?
Several techniques can help alleviate cervicogenic headaches as well as reduce nerve, muscle, or joint pain in the neck. At The Spine & Sports Health Center, we often utilize a wide range of interventional pain management techniques to treat underlying neck conditions, including:
- Cervical facet blocks
- Cervical facet joint injections
- Cervical medial branch blocks
- Cervical facet joint radiofrequency ablation
- Cervical epidural steroid injections
- Occipital nerve blocks
Botox Injections for Migraine Headaches
The Spine & Sports Health Center also offers Botox injections for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches as well as chronic muscle spasms. While Botox is most often associated with cosmetic procedures, it can also be an effective pain-relieving treatment for patients suffering from chronic migraines (i.e. patients who experience both migraine headaches and chronic headaches on most days of the month). Botox works by injecting a tiny amount of purified botulinum toxin into the area most affected by migraines. It temporarily relieves pain by reducing muscle contractions and blocking the release of pain chemicals. The effects last for approximately 3 months.
In clinical studies, Botox has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment in the prevention of chronic migraine headaches. In one study, 86.1% of the participants experienced dramatic improvement in their conditions over the course of three years of treatment.
Your First Stop for Cervicogenic
The Spine & Sports Health Center should be your first stop for headache treatment. Request an appointment with one of our pain management doctors today.