The Sprintz Center -  - Pain Management

The Sprintz Center

Pain Management located in Shenandoah, TX

Almost everyone experiences headaches at some point during their life. For most people, headaches only cause mild to moderate pain that quickly resolves with at-home care. For others, however, headaches can be an ongoing source of pain that affects daily life. At The Sprintz Center in Shenandoah, Texas, pain management experts Kenneth Wu, MD, Thomas White, MD, and Yoann Millet, MD, are among the few physicians in Houston with experience managing these types of headaches. For expert care from a highly qualified team, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Headaches Q & A

What are headaches?

Headaches are a type of pain condition that causes discomfort in the head or face. Headaches are common but not always a serious health concern.

However, the head and face have many nerves, and irritation, compression, or pinching of these nerves may cause chronic headaches or facial pain. 

The Sprintz Center team specializes in the treatment of all types of headaches and facial pain and can help you get relief from your discomfort. 

What conditions cause headaches?

Many conditions cause headaches and facial pain. Some of the conditions the team at The Sprintz Center treat include:

Migraine headaches

Migraine headaches cause a throbbing sensation that usually only affects one area of the head. These headaches may also cause other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.

Tension headaches

Tension headaches are the most common cause of head pain. This type of headache produces mild to moderate pain but can be a chronic problem.

Occipital neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia causes piercing, throbbing, or electric shock-like pain in the upper neck, back of the head, or behind the ear. Inflammation or injury to the occipital nerve causes this type of headache. 

Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia produces severe facial pain along the path of the trigeminal nerve. This pain condition may occur spontaneously or from facial trauma. 

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome

TMJ syndrome is a painful condition originating in the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. With TMJ syndrome, you may feel pain in the joint or the muscles that move your jaw.

How are headaches diagnosed?

The Sprintz Center team conducts comprehensive evaluations to diagnose the underlying cause of your headaches. They take an integrative and holistic approach to care, working together as a team to make sure you get the correct diagnosis and treatment.

They review your symptoms, medical history, and complete a physical exam. Your provider may also request imaging tests to confirm a suspected diagnosis. 

How are headaches treated?

The team customizes your headache treatment plan based on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Treatment for headaches may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Posture therapy
  • Head or neck injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Botox® injections
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Ketamine infusion
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Biofeedback
  • Hypnosis
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Relaxation training
  • Coping skills 

The team works closely with you to design a plan that provides long-term relief from your headaches so you can go back to living a full and active life.

For customized care for your headaches, call The Sprintz Center or book an appointment online today.