Headaches and migraines can be triggered by a wide range of factors, including fever, dehydration, allergies, tumors, injuries, sinusitis, and stress. Conditions like trigeminal neuralgia, which arise due to issues in the nerves serving your head, can also be a cause.
Pain in the head and neck can be associated with the numerous nerves that extend from the neck or shoulder down to the arm, elbow, forearm, and/or hand. Many of the approximately 150 types of headaches can occur for reasons that are not completely understood. Intense headaches, such as migraines, may result from a combination of genetic factors, environmental influences, and other elements.
Neck discomfort is typically due to a musculoskeletal issue, such as cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerves) or damaged soft tissues. Misalignment of the cervical vertebrae in your neck can lead to neck pain, and this discomfort often spreads into your skull, resulting in headaches.
How are headaches and neck pain treated?
Determining the cause of a headache can assist in preventing recurrent episodes. Therefore, managing stress, staying well-hydrated, and ensuring adequate sleep can be beneficial.
Additionally, supplements and vitamins can often be helpful in preventing headaches or migraines. Other methods of addressing headaches and neck pain include:
Medication: Certain headaches can be alleviated with medications designed to reduce both the intensity and frequency of the episodes.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy frequently proves effective for managing neck pain and associated headaches. Dr. Abraham maintains strong collaborations with several physical therapists who can assist you in strengthening injured connective tissues in your neck and the nearby muscles, guide you through gentle exercises, and carry out therapeutic manipulations.
Manual Manipulation: Dr. Abraham possesses advanced skills in manual manipulation for addressing simple misalignments in your cervical vertebrae. He employs facial distortion methods and direct neural treatment to massage soft tissues, alleviating pain in your nerves and deep fascial layers of tissues that lie directly beneath the skin and encase your muscles.
For persistent headaches and neck pain, Dr. Abraham also employs Prolotherapy to treat specific types of headaches and neck discomfort.
Prolotherapy harnesses your body's natural healing abilities to effectively alleviate pain in your neck and the back of your head. It involves a series of injections into the painful tissues. These injections contain dextrose or glucose, which are naturally occurring sugars, along with a local anesthetic. Upon injecting the Prolotherapy solution into your neck, Dr. Abraham stimulates healing cells. These cells congregate and multiply, forming healthy tissue that replaces the damaged, painful areas.
Dr. Abraham is also skilled in a newer form of Prolotherapy known as Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT). PIT targets the nerves closer to the surface of your skin. The sugars in the injection interact with the nerve endings, inhibiting them from sending pain signals to your brain.
To learn more about Prolotherapy and how it could aid in managing your headaches and neck pain, please reach out to Dr. Irwin Abraham today to schedule an appointment.
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