Treating chronic headache pain

Chronic Headache Treatments

We’ve all suffered from a headache at one point or another in our lives. Headaches are usually characterized as a throbbing, aching pain in the head. A headache usually lasts for a few hours or even a full day, but goes away with some rest and light medication. This is the case most of the time, but sometimes, headaches can be more serious.

Chronic headaches are serious headaches that last for long periods of time, recur frequently and are more painful than normal headaches. Often, chronic headaches are accompanied by other symptoms since they are related to other conditions. You may want to see a medical professional for treatment if you have a headache and any of these other symptoms:

  • Pain that radiates through your neck and into your shoulders
  • Loss of mobility in the neck
  • Numbness in the face or neck
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech

Treating chronic headaches is more involved than treating normal headaches. Your physician should be able to identify the cause of your headaches and recommend the right treatment for you.

How are chronic headaches treated?

Treatments for chronic headaches vary depending on the cause of the headaches and personal variables like age and medical history. Below are some common treatments that physicians recommend for chronic headaches:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs — These can help some people who have severe cases related to inflammation. They are also used in many cases where the headaches are a withdrawal symptom of another medication.
  • Beta-blockers — These medications are used for reducing high blood pressure, which can be related to your chronic headaches.
  • Antidepressants — Chronic headaches frequently cause depression, anxiety and insomnia. Antidepressants can help you deal with these symptoms while your headaches are being treated.
  • Physical therapy — Physical therapists are able to treat headaches that are related to neck and spinal pain. Many cases of chronic headaches can be treated this way. Physical therapy treatments can help improve the strength and flexibility of neck muscles and connective tissues. This provides better support for the head and reduces pressure off nerves that may be causing your headaches.

Contact Armor Physical Therapy for chronic headache treatment

The physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy are skilled in treating many conditions that cause chronic headaches. Would you like to find out how physical therapy can help you treat your chronic headache? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our team members.