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Head Pain

What Hurts?


Head pain can be a complex and debilitating experience that may have orthopedic origins. In this guide, we delve into the world of orthopedics to understand the intricacies of head pain, the conditions that may contribute to it, the importance of seeking a medical evaluation, and potential orthopedic treatments.

About Head Pain in Orthopedics

While head pain is often associated with neurological or vascular causes, orthopedic considerations cannot be overlooked. Orthopedic specialists focus on the musculoskeletal system, which includes the spine, and certain conditions in this area may contribute to head pain.

Conditions that Cause Head Pain

Head pain in orthopedics may be linked to:

  • Cervicogenic Headaches: Pain originating from the neck, often due to abnormalities in the cervical spine.
  • Muscle Tension Headaches: Tension and stress affecting the muscles in the neck and shoulders.
  • Whiplash Injuries: Trauma to the neck, commonly occurring in car accidents, leading to head pain.
  • Herniated Discs: Discs in the cervical spine pressing on nerves, causing radiating head pain.

Why You Should Get a Medical Evaluation

Seeking a medical evaluation for head pain is crucial for several reasons:

  • Accurate Diagnosis: Professional assessment helps identify the specific orthopedic cause of head pain.
  • Tailored Treatment Plans: A medical evaluation ensures a personalized approach, addressing your unique condition and needs.
  • Preventing Complications: Early intervention can prevent the progression of orthopedic issues and minimize potential complications.

How an Orthopedic Doctor May Treat Head Pain

Orthopedic specialists employ various treatments for head pain, including:

  • Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises and stretches to improve posture and alleviate muscle tension.
  • Medications: Prescribed pain relievers or muscle relaxants to manage head pain.
  • Therapeutic Injections: Injections into specific joints to reduce pain and inflammation.
    • Occipital Nerve Block
    • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
    • Trigger Point Injections
    • Botox Injections
    • Greater Occipital Nerve Block
    • Supraorbital and Infraorbital Nerve Blocks
    • Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
    • Facet Joint Injections (Cervical)
    • Radiofrequency Ablation (Cervical)
    • Greater and Lesser Occipital Nerve Block
    • Stellate Ganglion Block
    • Prolotherapy Injections
    • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
  • Posture Correction Strategies: Recommendations for improving ergonomics and posture to prevent head pain.
  • Surgical Interventions: cases of severe structural issues, surgical procedures may be considered, such as cervical disc surgery.
    • Cervical Disc Surgery
    • Decompression Surgery
    • Fusion Surgery (Cervical)
    • Foraminotomy
    • Discectomy (Cervical)
    • Rhizotomy
    • Laminectomy (Cervical)
    • Cervical Corpectomy
    • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
    • Occipital Nerve Stimulation
    • Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation
    • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS)
    • Occipito-Cervical Fusion
    • Cervical Disc Replacement
    • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
    • Posterior Cervical Fusion
    • Occipital-Cervical Fusion
    • Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty
    • Occipital-Cervical Fixation

Taking First Steps Towards Getting Help

If you're experiencing head pain, taking the first steps towards getting help involves:

  • Consulting an Orthopedic Specialist: Schedule a consultation with our experienced orthopedic team for a comprehensive evaluation.
  • Providing Detailed Information: Share specific details about your pain, including its nature, onset, and any triggering activities.
  • Actively Participating in Your Care: an engaged participant in your treatment plan, following recommendations and communicating changes in your condition.

Taking the First Step

If you're ready to take control of your back and spine pain, the first step is reaching out to our experienced team. Don't let pain limit your life any longer. Schedule a consultation, and let us work together to craft a plan that suits your unique needs and lifestyle.