Headache and facial pain
Headaches can be debilitating, especially if they are frequent. There are several different types of headaches, including migraine, tension headache and cluster headache. Determining the type of headache is important to getting effective treatment.
Facial pain is defined as pain anywhere on the face in front of the hairline, including the jaw, sinuses and teeth.
What you should know about headache and facial pain
- More than 28 million people suffer from migraines. Some migraine treatment is preventive, like medication that stops the pain before it starts, and some treatment is used while the migraine is in progress. Often, a combination of medications is needed to be effective.
- Tension headaches usually occur in the forehead, temples and back of the head and are mild to moderate in pain intensity. They are usually treated successfully with over-the-counter medications. If the attacks are frequent, they can be treated with preventive medications.
- Cluster headaches are a type of headache occurring on one side of the head. They tend to come in groups or clusters over a period of time and are followed by a period of remission. They can often be treated successfully with a combination of therapies.
Why choose Geisinger for your headache and facial pain care?
- Our headache team consists of neurologists who have completed advanced training in their specialty (fellowships) and are experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and management of headache and facial pain.
- Our team may refer a patient for surgery, physical therapy and pain management if necessary are part of their treatment.