A headache is pain that occurs in the front, top, side(s), or back of your head. Headaches are our most common form of pain and a major reason cited for days missed at work or school as well as visits to the doctor.
The International Classification of Headache Disorders, published by the International Headache Society, is used to classify more than 150 types of primary and secondary headache disorders.
Primary headaches occur independently and are not caused by another medical condition. The main classifications of headaches are:
- Tension-type headache
- Migraine headache
- Cluster headache
Headaches that our expert clinicians commonly treat are:
- Cervicogenic headache (headache coming from the neck)
- Jaw/TMJ related headache
- Tension headache
- Stress-related headache
- Headaches related to some nerve disorders
Frequency & Intensity
Headaches can range in frequency and severity of pain. Some individuals may experience headaches once or twice a year, while others may experience headaches more than 15 days a month. Pain can range from mild to disabling and may be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea or increased sensitivity to noise or light, depending on the type of headache.
Physical Therapy for Headaches
Our therapists at Physical Therapy Care are highly trained to provide quality care for head and neck pain. A thorough initial evaluation helps us identify movement dysfunction that can be addressed with patient education, manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, and modalities. Regular reassessment provides reassurance that we are always working to achieve patient goals in a cost-effective manner.
Priority One – Pain Relief
Severe head & neck pain can be disabling. For this reason, our first priority is pain relief. Treating the underlying causes of identifiable movement dysfunction is the next step toward achieving long-term relief and recovery.
We Start with a Thorough Evaluation
After we’ve asked you questions and performed a thorough exam, we will provide you with a summary of the findings and a personalized plan of care.