Outpatient Evaluation: At the Jefferson Headache Center, we are committed to a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating patients with headache. During your initial visit to our clinical practice, a registered nurse will conduct your interview and document your detailed and comprehensive medical history. You will then have a psychological evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist associated with the center. Patients with severe headaches often must cope with unusual amounts of stress, depression, and anxiety. Therefore, the evaluation is a key component to the proper diagnosis, treatment, and management of headache. You will then be seen by one of our physicians, who will conduct your comprehensive headache evaluation, which combines your interview, psychological evaluation and the physician's exam to develop a treatment and management plan specifically for you.
Inpatient Headache Treatment: The goal of inpatient treatment is to stop your headache cycle. To do this, you will be given intravenous medications along with continuous IV fluids. We use a team approach to treatment in a dedicated inpatient unit at Methodist Hospital. Your treatment team includes your attending physician, a physician's assistant, a neurology resident, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and the unit nurses. Other team members may include a physical therapist, dietitian, and medical students. These professionals work together to ensure that you receive comprehensive treatment according to your care needs.
Infusion Unit: This treatment is reserved for people with severe headaches that have lasted several days with no relief, or for people who have chronic headache and require more aggressive treatment than can be administered in an office or at home. The Headache Center is home to an infusion unit that specializes in the treatment of headache and multiple sclerosis patients.
Biofeedback: Biofeedback is a method of learning how to gain voluntary control over seemingly involuntary processes. It includes relaxation training which has been demonstrated to contribute to the reduction of frequency and intensity of headaches. Biofeedback therapy uses external equipment that measures relaxation to produce reduced muscle tension and normalized blood flow.
Botulinum toxin (Botox) Treatments: Botulinum toxin is a novel therapy for the treatment of pain. More investigations need to be completed to prove efficacy in treating conditions such as migraine, tension-type headache, and temporomandibular disorders. The Jefferson Headache Center is currently conducting clinical trials looking into the efficacy of this treatment for these conditions.