Headaches are an all too common nuisance. Here at the Mercy Neurological Institute of Greater Sacramento, headaches are treated as a neurological issue. We help you recognize the symptoms, find the cause and treat the pain.
Most often, a headache is caused by one of two things:
- An inflammation, spasm or stretching in the scalp or membranes that cover the brain and in the muscles of the face and jaw
- A temporary distortion of the blood vessels that supply the brain. They tighten, then relax and expand. The enlarged blood vessels press against nerves, causing pain. A shortage of serotonin, a chemical in the brain, can cause the vessels to constrict
About 90 percent of all headaches are harmless episodes that can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers. Alone or together with rest, ice packs or relaxation techniques, headaches are often highly and easily treatable.
For more severe or ongoing pain, seek the help of a neurologist at Mercy Neurological Institute of Greater Sacramento. Headaches differ from person to person and each patient that seeks help at Mercy will receive the utmost care and personalized treatment plan.
Whether presenting in the tension, cluster or migraine class; headache causes are varied and individual. At the Mercy Neurological Institute of Greater Sacramento, headaches are approached from a variety of angles. Our physicians begin with a thorough assessment of environmental, emotional and lifestyle factors that may provide clues to headache triggers. From the information gathered, Mercy's team develops treatment strategies to avoid these triggers and stop headaches before they start, toward the ultimate goal of relief from chronic headache suffering.
The Mercy Neurological Institute of Greater Sacramento headache team may also collaborate with neurosurgery, otolaryngology and ophthalmology experts to determine whether surgical, ENT or vision problems play a causal role. In every case, the Mercy Neurological Institute brings together the technology and professional expertise for optimal headache diagnosis and treatment.
For comprehensive headache care and treatment, look to the neurology department at the Mercy Neurological Institute of Greater Sacramento. Headaches are our one of our many specialties.
Call (916) 733-3333 to schedule a consultation.