Migraines are more than a headache. They’re a neurological disorder that causes symptoms that are debilitating for many people.
When medical interventions fail to ease your migraine pain, consider joint injections. Our pain medicine expert, Dr. Francisco del Valle, at Healthcare Pain Centers LLC, helps many patients who suffer from chronic migraines get relief from their recurring head pain with joint injections into the cervical spine.
Can joint injections help your pain from migraines?
Migraines are recurring headaches that cause a throbbing sensation on one side of the head. The pain ranges from moderate to severe and can last hours to days.
In addition to the pain, migraines may cause nausea, vomiting, or fatigue, making it impossible to go about your daily routine during an episode. Many people have symptoms in stages before (food cravings, constipation) and after (extreme fatigue, brain fog) their migraines occur.
Though the frequency and severity of migraines vary, some people experience these headaches (and their additional symptoms) 15 or more times a month. If you have chronic migraines, treatment may focus on prevention, including joint injections.
Joint injections are an interventional pain management treatment. These injections contain a local anesthetic (for numbing) and a steroid (to reduce inflammation). At Healthcare Pain Centers, we provide joint injections to treat many chronic pain conditions, including arthritis, sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction, and chronic migraines.
When performing joint injections, we use X-ray-guided imaging to ensure we administer the medication into the area we want to treat. We perform joint injections to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and help confirm the exact source of your pain.
Joint injections aren’t a typical treatment for migraines but one that benefits those who can’t get relief from other interventions. For our migraine patients, we inject the medication into the cervical spine (neck).
Many of our chronic migraine sufferers have damage to this part of their spine. This damage can trigger head pain. Our joint injections ease inflammation and pain, reducing the severity and frequency of their migraine headaches.
We may use the results of the migraine joint injection to take treatment one step further and get you even longer relief with a nerve block.
Joint injections reduce migraine pain by addressing the source of your discomfort. To find out more about our treatments for migraines, call today or request an appointment online at one of our office locations most convenient to you in Old Bridge, Edison, or Freehold, New Jersey.