Headaches Specialist

Summit Pain Alliance

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Rosa, CA & Petaluma, CA

Whether you’re living with tension headaches, migraines, or another type of head pain, don’t hesitate to talk to the team of headache experts at Summit Pain Alliance in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, California. At their offices, they offer diagnosis and personalized treatment to help you find relief. Get started by calling the office nearest you or making an appointment online.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

It depends on the type of headache that’s affecting you. There are two types of headaches:

Primary headaches

These headaches are caused by a problem with the pain receptors in your head. Though secondary headaches are caused by another condition, primary headaches stem from a direct issue with the way your head is feeling pain. 

Some of the most common types of primary headaches include:

  • Migraines
  • Cluster headaches
  • Tension headaches

The best way to treat primary headaches is to address the pain-sensing parts of your head. 

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches are caused by an underlying condition, like:

  • A sinus infection
  • Dehydration
  • An ear infection
  • Glaucoma
  • Influenza
  • A brain aneurysm
  • A hangover

The best way to treat a secondary headache is to address the condition that’s causing the headache in the first place. 

How are headaches diagnosed?

When you come to Summit Pain Alliance, you talk with your provider about the specifics of your headache. Have you noticed any triggers? What does it feel like? How frequently do you get headaches? Is the severity always the same?

Understanding these details helps your Summit Pain Alliance provider diagnose the root cause of your headache, whether that’s a separate condition or a primary cause, like an issue with a trigger point in your head, neck, or shoulders. They have a wide range of diagnostic tools available at both of their offices that they use to further hone in on the cause of your head pain. 

Once your headache type is diagnosed, your Summit Pain Alliance provider gets to work developing a personalized treatment plan for you. 

How are headaches treated?

Your headache treatment is tailored to your specific headache type, its frequency and severity, and your preferences. Some of the innovative treatments available at Summit Pain Alliance include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point injections
  • Dorsal root ganglion stimulation
  • Occipital nerve blocks
  • Occipital nerve stimulation
  • Stellate ganglion blocks
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks
  • Trigeminal nerve blocks
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

They can also supplement your treatment or treatments with a wellness program, helping you avoid common headache triggers like dehydration, lack of sleep, and excessive stress. 

To learn more or to get started with headache treatment, call Summit Pain Alliance, or book an appointment online today.

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