Migraine and Headache Treatment Specialist in Hinsdale, IL
Progressive Physical Therapy specializes in headaches relief and can provide the effective treatment that you need. Call us today or request an appointment online. We are located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521.
Table of Contents:
What kind of tests are done for headaches?
What will a physical therapist do for headaches and migraine?
What are the benefits of physical therapy for headaches?
When should I see a physical therapist for headaches?
Everyone has experienced a headache at one point in their lives. Headaches are caused by a multitudinous amount of factors, from dehydration and lack of sleep, to head trauma and too much sleep. If you are suffering from headaches, read the information below to help you understand what is going on inside your head.
A correct diagnosis must be made in order to receive proper treatment for headaches and migraines. This means that your physical therapist will ask you about the history and details of your headaches. It is crucial to explain your headache symptoms and characteristics in as much detail as possible.
Tests may be required to look for other medical conditions that may be causing your headaches or migraines. Keep in mind that most of these laboratory tests are not helpful in diagnosing migraine, cluster, or tension headaches.
Blood chemistry and urinalysis tests may determine many medical conditions, including diabetes, thyroid problems, and infections, which can be the cause of headaches.
A CT scan is a test in which computer X-rays are used to construct an image of a cross-section of the body.
An MRI is a test that produces very clear pictures, or images, of the brain without the use of X-rays. An MRI uses a large magnet, radio frequency (RF), and a computer to produce these images. An MRI may be recommended if you are getting daily or frequent headaches. An MRI may also be recommended if a CT scan does not show conclusive results. Additionally, an MRI scan is used to evaluate specific parts of the brain that are not as effortlessly viewed with CT scans, such as the spinal cord at the back of the neck and the rear portion of the brain.
An EEG, or electroencephalogram, is not a normal part of a headache assessment but may be conducted if your doctor suspects you are having seizures. An Eye Exam is a pressure test performed on the eyes by an ophthalmologist. This will rule out glaucoma or pressure on the optic nerve as a cause of headaches.
Spinal Taps are the expulsion of spinal fluid from the spinal canal. This course of action is performed to look for conditions such as infections of the brain or spinal cord.
A large number of people living with migraines understand the advantage of a doctor who understands what they are going through and who is willing to help them find relief. However, with waiting lists often longer than six months, that first appointment becomes even more critical, especially to come prepared for it.
A physical therapist will conduct a clinical examination to determine the type of headache and create an effective treatment plan.
To help improve your overall postural awareness, your physical therapist may also use kinesiology taping. The tape may help you become more tactilely aware of your back and neck position.
• Ice or heat
To relieve pain or inflammation, apply heat or ice to your neck and skull.
If tight muscles are restricting your neck motion and causing headache pain, your physical therapist may perform massage to help improve mobility.
• Vestibular Rehabilitation
This specialized form of rehabilitation entails performing specific neck, head, and gaze stabilization exercises to improve the function of your vestibular system.
• Stimulation with electricity
To reduce pain and improve headache symptoms, your physical therapist may use electrical stimulation on your neck muscles, such as transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation (TENS).
Physical therapy has been documented to:
Reduce or eliminate headache intensity, frequency, and duration.
Reduce your medication intake.
Enhance your function and mobility.
Increase the range of motion in the neck.
Enhance your quality of life.
Oftentimes, home remedies and recommendations from your regular doctor may not be enough to subside your headaches. You should consider seeing a specialist with extra expertise if you:
• Experience extreme headaches to the point that they interfere with your job, school, or family life
• Take aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and other over-the-counter meds often
• Notice your headaches are getting worse
• Worry that you take too much medication
• Have gone to the ER because of your headache
• Had more than 15 headaches in the past month
If you or someone you know is suffering from severe headaches and complications, contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. Call us today or book an appointment online. Visit us at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521. We serve patients from Chicago IL, Oak Park IL, Lombard IL, Downers Grove IL, Bridgeview IL, and Oak Lawn IL.