The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is the bundle of nerves at the base of the brain which have been found to be the root cause for many patient’s migraines, cluster headaches, and/or facial pain.
In the past, SPG blocks required a painful procedure. Arizona Pain Treatment Centers, has a new PAINLESS technique. Specially formulated medication is delivered directly to the SPG through a tiny, soft, flexible catheter. Once the medication is delivered the catheter is simply removed.
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A headache is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck. The brain tissue itself is not sensitive to pain because it lacks pain receptors. Rather, the pain is caused by disturbance of the pain-sensitive structures around the brain.
The most common types of headache are the “primary headache disorders,” such as acute headache, tension-type headache and migraine.
Our pain specialists determine which type of headache you may be experiencing and the treatment options appropriate for your pain symptoms.
An acute headache can include many different types of headache. Tension headaches generally feel tight across the head, similar to an invisible band pressing into the head and causing pain that is often dull and aching in nature. They are similar in pain to a migraine headache, however, they lack the aura (visual perceptions) that sometimes accompany migraines. Tension headaches also do not worsen with physical activity, while migraines do. These headaches can also cause pain to radiate to your scalp, neck and shoulders and may cause a loss in appetite.
· Detailed exams to identify your pain and do what it takes to relieve it.
Cervicogenic headaches have symptoms of head pain but actually rise from the neck muscles. It is often a result of a head or neck injury but may also occur in the absence of trauma. The clinical features of cervicogenic headaches may mimic those commonly associated with primary headache disorders. They are often associated with drooping eyelids, face pain and jaw pain.
Diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headaches target the source in the cervical spine. Because posture and movements of the cervical spine have such a profound influence on head pain, the mechanism of pain is thoroughly evaluated. The “forward head” position is a huge factor for both neck and head pain. As the head juts forward, the neck compensates by increasing the natural inward curvature in order to keep the face pointed forward and not down at the ground. This compensation increases the extension force to the cervical spine and places a great deal of stress on the facet joints, particularly in the upper cervical spine. When the upper cervical spine joints become irritated and inflamed, these nerves send referred pain to the head. Treatment must relieve not only the nerve irritation in the upper cervical spine, but also improve the abnormal postures that continue to provoke the headaches.
A migraine is usually an intense pounding headache that can last for 2 hours or even up to 2 or 3 days. The pounding or pulsing pain usually begins in the forehead, the side of the head or around the eyes. The headache gradually gets worse. Just about any movement, activity, bright lights or loud noises seem to make it hurt more. Nausea and vomiting are common.
Some people see a pattern of lines or shadows in front of their eyes as the headache is beginning. This is called a “warning aura.” Most people who have migraine headaches do not have this.
Migraines may happen only once or twice a year, or as often as daily. Women are more likely to have migraines than men.
· Learn more about the pain you’re experiencing, and schedule a complimentary phone consultation with us to find out how to relieve it.
Arizona Pain Treatment Centers has been serving the greater Phoenix area since 1997. We have patients under our care that live in Phoenix, North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, Maryvale, Tolleson, South Phoenix, Mesa, East Mesa Tempe, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction, Tuscon, and even Globe. We understand that pain holds patients back in their lives and it is discouraging to watch people suffer. We know we can help. Our treatments of injection medicine therapy (epidural steroid injections, non-steroidal injections, trigger point injections), therapeutic injections, nerve blocks and nerve ablations, joint injections and many other procedures, give life back to our community every day. We specialize in most types of pain, including neck and back pain, arm and shoulder pain, leg and knee pain, as well as headaches and migraines.
We are excited to be known by our patients and referring doctors as Top Doctors and Top Pain Specialists in Phoenix. We are also proud to have great relationships with other pain centers like Arizona Pain Specialists, The Pain Centers of Arizona, Arizona Pain Centers, and Advanced Pain Management.