Los Angeles’ Premier Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA.

Headache Specialist

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California Pain Medicine Center

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

Many people experience headaches at some point in life, but if your headaches are frequent or severe, you can find help at California Pain Medicine Center. At the office in Santa Monica, California, the pain management team offers comprehensive care for different types of painful headaches, including migraines and cluster headaches. They design a treatment plan using conservative therapies to relieve your pain and prevent future headaches. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation for headache pain by calling California Pain Medicine Center or by booking a consultation online today.

Headache Q & A

What causes a headache?

A headache is a common pain condition. There are many different types of headaches that can cause pain severe enough to interfere with your quality of life.

A primary headache describes head pain that develops due to processes in your brain. A secondary headache occurs because of underlying medical conditions like an aneurysm or tumor, or because of trauma.

The types of headaches the team at California Pain Medicine Center can diagnose and treat include:

Tension headache

The most common type of headache is a tension headache, which develops because of overly tight muscles in your neck, scalp, and shoulders or due to ongoing stress.

Migraine

A migraine is a headache that causes severe, throbbing pain on one side of your head. The pain may also trigger nausea, vomiting, and an increased sensitivity to light and sound.

Cluster headaches

A cluster headache is a painful type of headache that causes intense pain in or around your eye. Attacks of pain (clusters) can last for several weeks or months, followed by a period of remission.

Sinus headaches

A sinus headache develops due to persistent inflammation in your sinuses due to allergies, colds, or chronic sinusitis.

When should I seek medical care for a headache?

Many headache types are treatable with home care. However, if you have persistent or recurrent headaches that you can’t treat on your own, you can schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team at California Pain Medicine Center.

The team can help pinpoint the type of headache you have and its cause. They customize a treatment plan that helps relieve your existing headache pain and prevent the onset of new headaches.

How is a headache treated?

Your treatment plan for a headache depends on the type of headache you have and the severity of your pain.

The team at California Pain Medicine Center may suggest over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve headache pain. You might also need medications to reduce inflammation in your sinuses that trigger headaches.

There are also medications available to prevent headaches and migraines. These prescription medications are effective at reducing the frequency and severity of your headache pain.

You might also benefit from alternative therapies like massage therapy and acupuncture to relieve tension in your muscles. Psychotherapy can help you identify stressors in your life that trigger different types of headaches.

If you’re bothered by frequent headaches that you can’t treat on your own, call California Pain Medicine Center to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.