Headaches Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

A headache is a common cause of pain; however, not all headaches are the same. Some may experience chronic headaches that affect their quality of life. The experienced physicians at Wisconsin Spine and Pain specialize in headache care and offer many innovative treatments and therapies to alleviate pain. To schedule a headache consultation, call the office in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, or Greenfield, Wisconsin, or book an appointment online today.

Headaches Q&A

What is a headache?

A headache is a pain condition that starts in your head. Headaches are common, but most only cause mild to moderate pain you can treat at home.

Not all headaches are the same; some headaches cause severe pain or other symptoms that affect your ability to go about your daily routine. Headaches may also be a source of chronic pain. 

What are the types of headaches?

There are many types of headaches that cause various symptoms. Common headaches include:

Tension headache

Tension headaches are the most common and typically cause mild to moderate head pain. Stress, depression, and anxiety are often causes of tension headaches. 

Migraines

Migraines are a type of headache that causes a throbbing sensation on one side of the head. Migraine pain may last a few hours or a few days and cause other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.  

Some people suffer from chronic migraines, which are migraine headaches that occur 15 or more times over a 30-day period.

Cluster headache

A cluster headache causes severe piercing pain behind one eye. These types of headaches occur in clusters, lasting a few days, weeks, or months and then go away for a while.

The pain sensation from a cluster headache may last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours and occur several times a day.

What happens during a headache evaluation?

When you visit Wisconsin Spine and Pain for a headache evaluation, the team conducts a thorough clinical exam to determine the type of headache you have so you get the most effective treatment. 

In most cases, the Wisconsin Spine and Pain team diagnoses the type of headache you have after your history and physical. They may also request a CT scan or MRI of your head to rule out other conditions that might explain your head pain. 

What treatments can help my headache?

Treatment for your headache depends on the type, symptoms, and personal preferences. Wisconsin Spine and Pain is a state-of-the-art pain management practice that offers many innovative treatments and therapies to help you get long-term relief from your headaches.

Treatment may include:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Nerve pain medication
  • Trigger point injections for tension headaches
  • Occipital nerve block
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block
  • Botox® injections for chronic migraines 

The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team works with you to develop a treatment plan that eases your pain, so it no longer affects your quality of life.

For comprehensive headache care, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today.