Find Relief for Your Headaches
Persistent and chronic headaches affect millions of Americans. We can help you get relief today! The Comprehensive Headache Center, located at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin Medical Office Building, uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat headache pain and enhance your overall quality of life.
The staff at the Headache Center consists of neurologists, specially trained dietitians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and physical therapists. They work together to provide you with a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat your headache pain.
Tests & Diagnosis
The first step we take is listening to you to develop a personalized care plan to resolve or reduce your pain. Depending upon your individual diagnosis, your treatment plan may involve a variety of different services. All of these services are located at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin for ease of access and follow-up care.
Prior to your first appointment, you may be asked to have an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or lab tests.
These are the types of headaches we treat:
- tension headaches
- migraine headaches
- cluster headaches
- sinus headaches
The dietitian will counsel you on headache triggers and dietary tips to help prevent chronic migraines and headaches.
You will meet with a physical therapist who will assess any physical issues that may also be a root cause of your headaches. The therapist will establish a treatment plan that may include:
- Education in the anatomy and biomechanics involved with your headaches.
- Soft tissue mobilization/myofascial release of restricted muscles.
- Joint mobilization and muscle energy techniques to assist in normalization of joint mechanics.
- Exercises to increase or restore flexibility, strength and stability.
You will talk with our psychologist to discuss the influence that stress and pain can have on your ability to cope and will be given recommendations to assist you with individualized stress and pain management approaches.
Interrupted and inconsistent sleep can be one of the worst triggers for migraine and headache sufferers. Our sleep center specialists not only help diagnose and treat specific conditions, they work alongside our patients to improve their overall health.
A nurse educator will provide you with information related to the plan of care outlined by all of the staff and answer any questions you might have. The nurse educator is available for follow-up visits to support your continued care and treatment for headaches.
The various health care professionals involved with your care will ensure that you receive ongoing care for your headaches. Because close monitoring of your condition is an important part of your overall well-being, you will return to the center for about six follow-up visits during the first year.