BioHealth Pain Management
Pain Management Specialists located in Lawndale, CA & Whittier, CA
Headaches are a common medical complaint among patients of all ages, interfering with daily activities and decreasing overall quality of life. At BioHealth Pain Management, Dr. Rostam Khoshsar helps patients throughout the Torrance, CA, area find relief for chronic headaches so they can lead healthier, more comfortable lives.
Headache Treatment Q & A
What causes chronic headaches?
Migraines and other types of chronic headaches can have multiple causes, and because they’re recurrent, they can take a significant toll on a person’s overall quality of life and interfere with many daily activities. The most common causes of chronic headaches include injury, chronic stress, muscle damage or strain in the back or neck, disc problems in the back or neck, nerve-related issues and circulatory problems.
What is a migraine?
Migraines are chronic headaches associated with substantial pain and other symptoms including visual disturbances, nausea and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Although the specific causes of migraines have not been confirmed, research indicates both nerves and blood vessels play a role.
What are tension headaches?
Tension headaches most commonly occur as a result of a combination of emotional stress and physical strain in the muscles in the back and neck. Research suggests many patients who have tension headaches may also have abnormal pain responses.
What are cluster headaches?
Cluster headaches are severe headaches that tend to occur in cycles, with several headaches occurring within a relatively short time frame followed by periods when no headaches occur. Like migraines, researchers aren’t sure what causes cluster headaches, but studies suggest abnormalities in the structure or function of the hypothalamus gland may play a role.
How can chronic headaches be treated?
Treating any type of recurrent headache begins with a comprehensive physical exam, a careful review of symptoms, and a thorough medical history to look for potential risk factors. In some cases, blood work and diagnostic imaging may be ordered to confirm or rule out specific causes. Once the cause and type of headache have been determined, treatment can include:
- BOTOX® injections to help prevent migraine headaches
- nerve block injections to help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain
- muscle injections aimed at eliminating or reducing tension and spasms that can cause pain
- trigger point injections to relieve pain from knotted muscles in the neck and back
- alternative treatments like acupuncture or massage therapy
- treatment of spine-related problems, including “slipped” or herniated discs, spinal arthritis and neuropathies