Headaches are normal and affect everyone at some point in time. However, if you experience headaches on a regular basis and it’s affecting your daily activities, there may be something more serious going on. Jia Park, MD, at Comprehensive Family Medical Practice in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, New York, is a family medicine physician who specializes in the treatment of headaches. Call today for an evaluation.
A headache is any pain that affects your head. It can be localized in one area or felt all over. The severity of the pain can vary, ranging from a dull ache to a sharp sensation.
Headaches are a common reason people miss work or school. They are a frequent complaint that brings people in to see Dr. Park.
There are several types of headaches. Understanding the type you have helps Dr. Park develop the best treatment plan for you.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and cause mild to moderate pain. Muscle tension from your neck, shoulders, or jaw can lead to head pain, as well as anxiety, depression, and stress.
Migraines are very distinct headaches with a variety of symptoms that may start days before you feel head pain. Migraines typically only cause pain in one area of your head and can last anywhere from three hours to three days. Afterward, you may feel completely drained.
A cluster headache causes sharp pain behind your eye. These headaches cause the most severe pain but are very uncommon.
Sinus headaches cause pain in the sinus cavity under your eyes. Allergies tend to cause these types of headaches.
Treatment for headaches depends on the cause. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be all you need to reduce the discomfort.
If you’re prone to tension headaches, Dr. Park works with you to develop strategies that help reduce the underlying cause of your head pain. These strategies include self-massage to relieve your tense muscles and meditation to assist in stress management.
Dr. Park is also a licensed acupuncturist and may recommend acupuncture treatment to help reduce both stress and pain.
For some people, migraines are debilitating. If you suffer from migraine headaches, Dr. Park develops a specialized treatment plan to help reduce the impact they have on your life.
To relieve pain, Dr. Park may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medication. Dr. Park may also provide medications to help prevent your migraines, especially if they occur regularly. Preventive medications include:
Dr. Park also provides acupuncture to relieve or prevent your migraines.
For headache management, call Comprehensive Family Medical Practice. The office is located near the residential area of Bayside with ample parking for your convenience.