Everyone gets headaches at times, but if yours are severe, persistent, or recur frequently, you may have an underlying condition requiring treatment. Dr. A. R. Scopelliti, at Monmouth Functional Neurology Center in Eatontown, New Jersey, can help when headaches become too much to bear. Dr. Scopelliti is an accomplished expert in diagnosing and treating patients' headaches and migraines without using medications. Call Monmouth Functional Neurology Center today or go online and complete the booking form to benefit from effective relief of headaches.
Headaches come in numerous forms — more than 150 — and have varying causes. Tension headaches are the most common, widely believed to result from muscle contraction. In fact, they’re more likely due to abnormal neuronal (nerve cell) sensitivity and pain function in part of the trigeminal nerve that serves the head and face.
Migraines are also common, recurring headaches. The pain, often severe, frequently affects one side of the head, behind the eye, the back of the neck, or the face. Other symptoms include:
Some patients, known as migraineurs, experience auras — feelings that develop before the headache begins. Auras can cause visual changes, such as spots, tunnel vision, or wavy lines. Migraines can last from several hours to three days.
Cluster headaches get their name because attacks occur in clusters lasting weeks or months. The agonizing head pain usually affects one side of the face, often developing behind one eye and causing nasal congestion and a runny nose.
Headache evaluations typically begin with your primary care provider, but undergoing an examination by an appropriately trained neurologist is sensible. Monmouth Functional Neurology Center specializes in extensive neurologic patient evaluations before prescribing headache treatment.
When you visit Dr. Scopelliti, he takes a complete medical history and performs a thorough physical exam. He’ll ask about your symptoms, including when you get headaches, what type of pain they cause, what part of your head is most severely affected, and how often your headaches occur.
When necessary, Dr. Scopelliti may refer you for diagnostic imaging procedures. He also uses advanced technologies to assess your balance and symptoms, such as dizziness or vertigo, that might accompany your headaches.
Dr. Scopelliti asks you to maintain a diary recording your symptoms and headache severity. If you suffer from migraines, note what you eat, drink, and do daily. This can help you isolate triggers that increase your risk of a migraine.
The treatment your headaches require varies depending on what’s causing the problem. Dr. Scopelliti specializes in using functional neurology techniques that don’t involve taking medication.
Instead, he shows you how to do highly specialized exercises to reduce your headache severity and frequency.
Call Monmouth Functional Neurology Center or book an appointment online today to benefit from effective headache treatment.