Headache Overview – Colorado Headache Treatments
What is a Headache?
Headaches are still something medical experts are struggling to fully understand.
Simply defined, a headache is pain in the head, face, or upper neck area.
Despite how it may feel, a headache is not pain in your brain, as the
brain is incapable of feeling pain.
There are numerous types of headaches, and while we have some idea as to
what causes many of them, the exact reason people experience headaches
is unknown. At the Interventional Headache Center of Colorado, we take
a holistic, therapeutic approach to headache treatment. Headaches are
rarely, if ever, a life-threatening condition, meaning we can take the
time to treat the pain and symptoms of a headache while working to find
and address the problem at its source.
Types of Headaches
Headaches take many forms, each with different possible causes, pain levels,
and symptoms. We treat all types of headaches, including:
Cervicogenic– These headaches radiate pain from the back of the neck. It may
seem similar to a Migraine, but the key difference is that patients are
dealing with side-locked unilateral pain, meaning the pain is always confined
to one side of the head and never changes.
Cluster – These are recurring headaches that strike in “clusters”
throughout the day. These attacks can strike numerous times throughout
the day for weeks or even entire months. Many people experience them around
the same time period each year.
Medication Overuse – If used improperly, medication can end up causing chronic headaches.
These chronic headaches can actually result from overusing headache treatment
medication, and the resulting chronic headaches tend to be much worse
than what the patient was dealing with before.
Migraine – This is an extremely common type of severe headache. Pain from
migraines can be so intense that the patient might have a difficult time
getting out of bed. You may experience additional symptoms such as nausea
and light sensitivity. While the cause of migraines is still unknown,
there are numerous therapeutic treatment options available.
Tension – Tension headaches are the most common primary headache disorder.
During these attacks, you will feel a dull pain or “tight”
feeling around your head. Many patients have described the experience
as similar to having a tight band or clamp squeezing their head.