If your quality of life is impacted from migraine, chronic head pain, or nerve pain in the face you need a plan of action from a team of highly experienced specialists. At the Headache and Neuropathic Pain Clinic, part of the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan Health System, we provide a collaborative approach combined with the latest technology resulting in individualized care. Our goal is to provide effective, compassionate care to improve your quality of life.
Our multidisciplinary team of headache and pain neurologists, advanced nurse practitioners, anesthesiologists, pain psychologists, addiction specialists, neurosurgeons, specialized dentists for TMD and facial pain, pharmacologists and physical therapists treat the full scope of headache and facial pain, including:
- Chronic headache syndromes including hormonal associated headache and New Daily Persistent Headache
- Neck-related headache
- Cluster headache
- Facial pain of all types including trigeminal neuralgia
To assure an accurate diagnosis, we collect an extensive medical history and conduct a comprehensive neurological exam. At times we request a specialized MRI of the brain and neck or blood tests that search for causes of headache including hormone levels, vitamin levels, or markers of an overactive immune system. After the evaluation, treatment options are discussed including medications, lifestyle modification, pain relieving procedures and alternative therapies.
Specialized Treatment Options for Headache, Migraine and Facial Pain
Our team cares for many patients each year which empowers countless people to achieve substantial improvement. Some of our specialized treatments offered include peripheral nerve injections, which numb the nerves of the scalp to shut off chronic migraine. On average, the injections can give patients weeks to months of benefit. In rare cases, our team provides occipital nerve stimulation by a surgically implanted device that delivers an electric charge to nerves in the back of the scalp to treat migraine, cluster headache, and other types of facial pain that doesn’t respond well to other treatments. This is a treatment few other centers offer.
We also offer a number of alternative therapies with special focus on nutraceuticals – nutritional supplements – and vitamin therapies that have anti-pain or anti-migraine suppressing properties. Also available is pain psychology which uses relaxation strategies and biofeedback to reduce migraine. Our clinic embraces a specialized hormone therapy, called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. This is where a patient’s hormonal status is monitored and individualized hormonal therapy is provided to normalize the body’s natural cycle and reduce migraine or head pain associated with hormonal dysfunction. We also offer acupuncture.