Headaches

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NY Family Docs

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, CityLine & Forest Hills NY

While an occasional headache affects nearly everyone at some point, chronic headaches need the attention of an experienced physician like the board-certified doctors at NY Family Docs. At their six locations throughout Brooklyn and Queens, including Woodhaven, Ridgewood, and Williamsburg, New York, the compassionate staff offer on-site headache evaluations and treatments to ease or eliminate your pain and reduce your risk for chronic headaches. Find out more about headache treatments available at NY Family Docs by calling the office nearest you or booking an appointment online. You can also receive immediate headache care on a walk-in basis.

Headaches Q & A

What types of headaches are treated?

While there are over 150 types, headaches are typically classified as either primary or secondary. Primary headaches are the condition itself and aren’t caused by another underlying health issue. Secondary headaches happen because of existing health issues like a head injury or swelling in the sinuses.

The NY Family Docs staff can evaluate and treat both primary and secondary headaches, including migraines and stress or tension headaches.

How are headaches diagnosed?

During your evaluation, your NY Family Docs physician completes a physical exam and reviews your medical history. By listening to your symptoms and identifying the areas where you experience pain, he can often pinpoint the type of headache you have.

Migraines often cause throbbing, intense pain on one side of the head and can affect your speech, vision, and hearing. You can also experience nausea and increased sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells.

Tension and stress headaches can cause pain on both sides of your head that ranges from a dull ache to intense, chronic pain. These common types of headaches usually result from overtight muscles in the neck and back and can be worsened by:

  • Poor sleep
  • Eye strain
  • Bad posture
  • Lack of exercise

Missing meals and not drinking enough water can also lead to painful stress and tension headaches.

The goal of your diagnostic evaluation is to find the root cause of your headaches so that your NY Family Docs physician can create a treatment to ease or eliminate existing pain and help prevent headaches down the road.

What treatments are available for headaches?

Treating tension and stress headaches often start with lifestyle changes to help you reduce stress and muscle tension. NY Family Docs offer health coaching to assist you in improving your nutrition, getting high-quality sleep each night, and adding regular exercise into your life.

Over-the-counter medications can be useful to address headache pain and you could benefit from massage therapy to relax tense muscles and improve blood circulation.

If you suffer from chronic migraines, you’ll need to make the same lifestyle changes and take prescription medications to ease chronic pain. Medications are also available to reduce your risk of repeated migraine headaches.

Based on your specific needs, your NY Family Docs physician can customize a treatment plan and work with you to manage your migraines and other frequent headaches.

You don’t have to live with the pain of chronic headaches. Learn more about your options for treating headaches by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online. You can also visit NY Family Docs as a walk-in without an appointment.