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Headache Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, & Claremore, OK

Headaches are very common and affect almost everyone at some point in their life. Though most headaches resolve on their own with at-home care, if you have a headache that’s severe or recurring, the experienced team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute can help. They offer state-of-the-art services and technology to diagnose and treat headaches. To schedule an evaluation, call one of the offices in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, and Claremore, Oklahoma.

Headache Q & A

What is a headache?

Headaches are common and include any type of pain or discomfort you feel in your head or face. Though headaches are one of the most common reasons people miss work, not all headaches are the same.

There are many types of headaches that develop from varying causes and have their own unique symptoms. 

What are the headache types?

Currently, there are more than 150 conditions that lead to head pain. Some of the most common types of headaches include:

Tension headache

Tension headaches are the most common and typically cause mild to moderate head or neck pain. They often develop from muscle tension or stress. Though tension headaches are common, they can be chronic. 

Migraine headache

Migraine headaches cause moderate to severe throbbing pain that may last hours or days. In addition to the head pain, migraines may also cause sensitivity to light or nausea and vomiting.

Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a neuropathic condition that involves the trigeminal nerve, which provides sensory information from your face to your brain. Compression of the nerve, which usually occurs at the base of the skull, causes sudden and severe facial pain. When left untreated, the pain sensations may occur more often and last longer. 

Brain tumor

Headaches may also be a symptom of a brain tumor. If your headaches are severe, recurring, or affecting your quality of life, the experienced team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute can help. 

What happens during a headache evaluation?

The experts at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute take a patient-centered approach to care, and the specifics of your headache evaluation are unique to you and your needs. 

However, to understand your pain condition and how it affects your life, your provider at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute asks detailed questions about your headaches, including the type of pain you feel and the activities that worsen your pain. 

Your provider then performs a physical and neurological exam and may request diagnostic testing, such as bloodwork, CT scan, or MRI, to determine the underlying cause of your headache. 

What are headache treatments?

The experienced team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute develops personalized treatment plans for headaches based on headache type and severity of symptoms.

Your headache treatment plan may include:

  • Stress management
  • Massage therapy
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Disease-specific medication or injections

For trigeminal neuralgia, the experts at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute perform microvascular decompression, which is a surgical procedure that alleviates nerve compression and pain symptoms. 

Headaches may be common, but they can disrupt your daily life. For expert care, contact Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute by phone today.