Many adults experience a headache from time to time. Mild or occasional headaches can often be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. However, those medications might not provide sufficient relief for chronic or severe headaches. We practice several pain management techniques at the Central Florida Pain and Rehab Clinic in Winter Park, FL, where Dr. Enrique Umpierre-Schuck can help you find headache relief.
Causes of Headaches
Many different factors can cause headaches. Some common reasons why people develop headaches include fatigue or lack of sleep, skipping meals, and poor posture. Stress can also lead to headaches, as can anxiety or depression. Certain health conditions or illnesses can cause headaches, as well. For example, sinusitis is associated with nasal congestion and headaches. Dehydration can also result in a headache. In addition to illness or health issues, other causes of headaches include alcohol, certain types of foods, and some medications.
Botox Injections for Headache Pain
Many pain management techniques and treatments are available for helping patients find relief from different types of pain, including headache pain. One of the pain management methods used at our office in Winter Park, FL, is Botox injections. Whether you struggle with migraines or tension headaches, for example, Botox injections could provide relief from the pain.
Traditionally, Botox has been used to minimize wrinkles and fine lines. When Botox is injected into the muscle, it causes the tissues to relax and reduces muscle contractions. Relaxed facial muscles allow the skin to appear smoother, which minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
However, Botox also has the ability to block the release of chemicals involved in transmitting pain signals to the brain. By injecting it into areas where pain fibers associated with headaches are located, Botox can prevent pain networks in the brain from activating.
Botox is especially helpful in providing relief from migraine headaches and is approved for that specific use by the FDA. Botox injections typically provide headache relief for three to six months before additional treatments are needed.
Headache relief is possible with the right pain management techniques. To learn more about how we can help with headache pain relief, schedule an appointment with Dr. Enrique Umpierre-Schuck by calling Central Florida Pain and Rehab Clinic in Winter Park, FL, at (407) 673-9533.