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Head Pain

Why does my head hurt?

At some point in life, most of us will deal with headaches and other pain under the eyes, at the top of the neck, and in our jaw. The pain can last for a few days; however, more commonly it will last for under an hour. Treatment for pain in your head depends on the root cause. The common types of headaches are cluster headaches, migraines, tension headaches, and Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia.

If you have a neurological disorder or have suffered an injury that’s affected your nervous system, you may struggle with movement, balance, coordination, or even loss of function. As a patient at Ivy Rehab our physical therapists can work with you to improve your motor control, muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion. We’ll focus on restoring function so you can remain active and independent. Come visit one of our facilities and you’ll be impressed by our compassionate staff and their positive attitudes. Therapists with special training in neurological disorders are available to address any impairments you may have.

Types of neurological conditions:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post-Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Post-Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Foot drop
  • Bell’s Palsy

Possible reasons for head pain:

  • Trauma to the back of the head (such as a concussion injury)
  • Stress
  • Emotional tension
  • Car accident
  • Neck injuries or tight neck muscles
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tumors in the neck
  • Cervical disc disease
  • Poor posture
  • Blood vessel pathology
  • Infection
  • Gout
  • Diabetes
  • Alterations in sleep schedule
  • Lack of sleep

Ivy Rehab head pain treatment options:

Some rehabilitation treatment options include; physical therapy for concussions, vestibular physical therapy, and physical therapy for headaches (a cervicogenic headache, musculoskeletal headache, cluster headache, stress headache, and tension headaches).

Concussion signs to look out for:

Being aware of these signs can help you avoid permanent brain damage from a head injury.

  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vomiting

 

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