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HeadacheIn recent years, the advance of medical research on the subject of headaches and migraine has created a greater understanding of the mechanisms, headache symptoms, treatment options and investigations. These advances have created the opportunity of relief for headache and migraine sufferers from specialised Headache Clinics.

Headaches symptoms affect approximately 12% of the population. Not all headaches are of the same intensity – they can range from mild twinges or pressure to being so severe the person is unable to function. Headaches are frequently an indication that something else is wrong so they should not be ignored. Headache causes can be numerous with varying severity and prognostic features.

Appropriate consultation with an expert is mandatory to determining a correct diagnosis and suitable management.

When suffering with headaches and migraine the key to success is to form a correct diagnosis and develop a treatment plan best suited to provide relief. Should a diagnosis not be possible from history and examination, Health Plus Clinics have established referral processes to MRI, CT and x-ray departments to provide the diagnostic evaluations required to direct treatment.

Symptons of Headaches

Appropriate consultation with an expert is mandatory to determining a correct diagnosis and suitable management.
Headache Migraine

 

The symptoms of migraine headaches can occur in various combinations and include:

  • Moderate to severe pain (often described as pounding, throbbing pain) that can affect the whole head, or can shift from one side of the head to the other
  • Sensitivity to light, noise or odors
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sensations of being very warm or cold
  • Paleness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Fever (rare)
  • Bright flashing dots or lights, blind spots, wavy or jagged lines (aura)

Headache Tension HeadacheThe symptoms of Episodic Tension Type Headaches (ETTH) can occur in various combinations and include:

  • Pain is mild to moderate, constant band-like pain or pressure
  • Pain affects the front, top or sides of the head.
  • Pain usually begins gradually, and often occurs in the middle of the day
  • Pain may last from 30 minutes to several days

Chronic Tension Headaches (occur more than 15 days per month)

  • Pain may vary in intensity throughout the day, but the pain is almost always present
  • Pain comes and goes over a prolonged period of time

 

Headache Cluster HeadacheThe symptoms of Cluster Headaches can occur in various combinations and include:

  • Intense one-sided pain described as having a burning or piercing quality that is throbbing or constant
  • Pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region, without changing sides.
  • Pain lasts a short time, generally 30 to 90 minutes (but can last for three hours); the headache will disappear, only to recur later that day (most sufferers get one to three headaches and some up to eight per day during a cluster period).
  • Headaches occur very regularly, generally at the same time each day, and they often awaken the person at the same time during the night.

 

Investigations of Headache Pain And Injury

Like every evaluation, the start to a diagnosis is a consultation followed by a physical examination. Your specialist will inspect your neck and head area for swelling, pain, tenderness, warmth and visible bruising. A visual assessment is followed by evaluation of the movement and specific orthopaedic tests to determine integrity. Neurological tests are also undertaken to determine any compression or damage to the nervous system.

After a provisional diagnosis is made by your specialist, it may be suggested you have the joint imaged by:

  • X-ray
  • MRI Scan
  • CT Scan
  • Ultrasound

If your specialist suspects an infection or arthritis you may be recommended a series of have blood tests .

On rare occasions your specialist may request a nerve conduction study to look for nerve injury and compression.

Treatments for Headache Pain

Throughout your diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, dedicated team members will continue to work hard to ensure you can get back to enjoying life with the most comfort, mobility, and functionality possible.

Healthplus Clinics has assembled a group of Headache Specialists to provide complete surgical and non-surgical treatments. Our team of Headache Specialists includes: Neurologists, Pain Specialists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, acupuncturists and Osteopaths.

Non-Surgical Headache Treatments and Procedures

  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Osteoapthy
  • Acupuncture
  • Sports and Remedial Massage

Headache Pain Management Procedures

  • Occipital nerve block
  • Occipital nerve Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS)
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block
Important Headache Information

Please be aware that if you have any of the following symptoms please contact a qualified health professional immediately if the headache is:

  • In someone very young or very old
  • New onset or very acute
  • Causing unusual symptoms
  • Associated with fever, skin rashes, vomiting
  • Associated with fainting, dizziness, or seizure
  • Result of a head injury

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