Headaches Specialist

Pain Instacare

Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Cherry Hill, NJ & Philadelphia, PA

Chronic headaches can make life unbearable. If you suffer from persistent headaches that don’t respond to self-care or over-the-counter drugs, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Rajan Gupta, MD, and the team at Pain Instacare in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. With decades of experience treating headache disorders, they can develop a custom treatment plan that will end your pain and manage your symptoms. Call or book an appointment online today.

Headaches Q & A

What is a headache?

Depending on the type and cause, headaches can range from mild throbbing across the skull to intense stabbing sensations in the face or head. They can last less than an hour or go on for days at a time.

Some headaches, like migraines, are agonizing and require special drugs and therapies. Other headaches are symptoms of more severe conditions, like infections, strokes, or tumors, and need immediate medical attention.

What are the different kinds of headaches?

Headaches -- of which there are more than 150 types -- fall into two major categories: primary and secondary.

Primary headaches:

Primary headaches are not usually associated with an underlying disease or disorder. The most common types of primary headaches include tension, cluster, and migraine.

Secondary headaches 

Secondary headaches arise from head injuries or an underlying health problem. Common causes of secondary headaches include high blood pressure, nerve disorders, and reactions to medication.

What causes headaches?

Primary headaches usually occur when stress overstimulates pain-sensitive nerves in your head. Genetics can also play a role, especially with migraines.

Regardless of the underlying disorder, secondary headaches occur when inflammation or swelling puts pressure on the nerves in your skull. Whether caused by a tumor or a head injury, the mechanics are the same.

How are headaches diagnosed?

To diagnose headaches, Dr. Gupta reviews your medical history and asks a series of questions, including how often the pain occurs, what part of your head it affects, and if any activities seem to trigger your symptoms. Afterward, he conducts a physical and neurological exam.

If these steps aren’t enough to determine the source of your headaches, Dr. Gupta might recommend additional testing like blood samples, a computed tomography (CT) scan, or an MRI. 

How are headaches treated?

At Pain Instacare, Dr. Gupta uses minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques to relieve headaches, including:

Botox® injections

Botox is an injectable cosmetic traditionally used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also incredibly effective at relieving pain caused by migraines and other types of chronic headaches. Following a series of injections, Botox prevents neurotransmitters from sending pain signals to your brain, providing near-instant relief. 

Occipital nerve blocks

An occipital nerve block is another type of injection that combines a local anesthetic and corticosteroids. Dr. Gupta injects the solution into your greater and lesser occipital nerves. These injections can provide relief in as little as 15 minutes.

If you regularly suffer from headaches, make an appointment at Pain Instacare. Call the nearest office to speak with an administrative staff member, or click the online booking tool.