Headache Specialist

New Hope Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Elkin, NC

Nearly everyone suffers from headache pain at some point, but when chronic headaches impact your quality of life, it may be time to seek medical attention. At New Hope Pain Management in Elkin, North Carolina, the team offers patients of all ages relief from headache pain. Their experienced pain management team will diagnose the underlying cause of your headaches so they can prescribe effective, long-term relief. If you’re tired of dealing with headaches, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Headache Q & A

What causes headaches?

Headache pain comes in many different forms, from migraines to cluster headaches to sinus headaches. The causes can vary as well. Tension headaches, the most common type of headache pain, are the result of tight muscles in your neck, shoulders, and jaw. They are usually related to stress, anxiety, or even depression. If you suffer from chronic tension headaches, it could be because you’re using alcohol on a regular basis, not getting enough sleep, or not eating well.

Other common causes of headaches include:

  • Dehydration
  • Nighttime teeth grinding
  • Panic attacks
  • Hangovers

A headache every now and then isn’t usually cause for alarm, but if you experience regular headaches or they become more severe, it could be the sign of an underlying medical condition.

Additionally, overusing pain medications can lead to rebound headaches. Pain from rebound headaches is the result of excessive use of medications to treat headache symptoms. Although your pain may initially decrease with the medication, it worsens when your pain pills wear off.

What are primary and secondary headaches?

Primary headaches are a result of problems with the blood vessels, nerves, or muscles in your head or neck. They can also be caused by changes in your brain’s chemical activity. These headaches include migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches.

Secondary headaches are usually a side effect from an injury, such as a concussion or blood clot. If you have chronic headache pain, it’s important to determine the root cause to rule out any serious health concerns so the team can treat your headache effectively.

How is headache pain treated?

Depending on the cause of your pain, the physician may prescribe a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, exercises, and therapies. The team takes a whole-person approach to diagnosing and treating headache pain.

For instance, if you suffer from migraine headaches, they will help you understand what some of your triggers may be so you can avoid them whenever possible. Migraine triggers can often include foods that have caffeine, alcohol, or dairy products.

To learn what’s causing your headache pain and to get long-term relief, call New Hope Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.