Minimally invasive treatment of face and head pain
Treatment of Facial and Head Pain with Minimal Intervention
Some symptoms of facial and head pains may be similar, which prompts some people to include such pains under a general diagnosis, which is a headache. The common treatment and solution thereof are to administer analgesic drugs, which may solve the problem relatively for a specific time, but it does not solve the main cause of the problem because analgesics are not the solution therefore and the diagnosis was not accurate from the beginning. Facial and head pains are due to different causes, all of which cannot be included under the diagnosis of headache. The types of headaches also are different, and each one thereof is due to specific causes and symptoms, even such types are similar in some treatment methods, we address simply in this article what can be treated with minimal intervention.
Causes of Facial and Head Pain
The cause may be dental pain, eye diseases or a visual impairment, which shall be treated by solving the main cause for the problem and these pains. However, we address in this article the reasons that can be treated and got rid of with minimal intervention, such as:
- 1. Trigeminal Nerve
- 2. Tension Headache
- 3. Migraine
- 4. Cluster Headache
- 5. Posterior Headache
- 6. Cervicogenic Headache
1. Trigeminal Nerve:
- What is the pain of the trigeminal nerve? The most important thing that distinguishes trigeminal nerve pain is that it comes in the form of sudden episodes, especially if anyone of the stimuli, such as brushing teeth, cold air, or eating, occurs, and the cause for this pain is the pressure that affects one of the three nerve groups that supply the face, and the pressure may have an effect on two groups, not just one.
- The most common symptoms of trigeminal nerve pain:
1. Loss of feeling in the areas where the pressurized triple nerve group that supplies the face extends.
2 . Inability to chew.
3. Burning sensation.
4. Inability to speak
5. Pain in teeth, mucous membranes and skin.
-Methods for the treatment of trigeminal nerve pain:
Treatment methods vary and patients often tend to pharmacological treatment, which in turn causes many complications and side effects, such as dizziness, vomiting, lack of concentration, a clear impact on the nervous system, and vision problems.
Patients resort to this solution despite its defects because of their fear of surgical intervention, despite that there is a safe alternative that has no side effects, which is the following:
Thermal radiofrequency treatment of the trigeminal nerve pain
We can confirm that the treatment of trigeminal nerve pain with thermal radiofrequency is an effective and safe treatment as it is done through partial anaesthesia, then the thermal radiofrequency needle is inserted and directed to the nerve root to reduce the resulting pain waves by giving thermal radiofrequency charges for the purpose of sensory stimulation and the patient can leave the hospital afterwards and practice his/her life in a very normal way.
To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment methods of the trigeminal nerve, you can read the below article:
The Trigeminal Nerve: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Methods
2. Tension Headache:
To find out why migraine is called tension headaches, let's first review the most important causes of migraine:
- The most common causes of tension nerve pain:
1. Tension headache pain constitutes 70% of the causes of migraine due to tension, stress, and psychological pressures.
2. Irregular sleep hours and failing to give the body enough time it needs to rest and sleep.
3. Drinking caffeine and alcohol.
4. Skipping meals and not providing the body with enough food.
- The most common Symptoms of Tension Headache:
Tension headache affects the full head, especially the front and back of the head, and on both sides, and such pains are increased in cases of constant nervous and psychological tension and stress, and the patient describes it sometimes as it is pressing on the eye.
Tension Headache Treatment Methods:
There are many medicines that are used in the treatment of tension headache, including chronic pain relievers, tranquillizers, anti-epileptic and antispasmodic drugs, but one of the best methods of treatment is Botox injection, which lasts for a long period extended to months without any need for analgesics.
Botox Injection for Tension Headache Treatment:
Botox injections are performed in the clinic, as it is a simple procedure using local anaesthetic after sterilization. It is performed very easily by injecting 150 Botox units in specific points in the scalp and forehead, and it relaxes the existing muscles, which causes a headache, and it is a very safe and effective treatment.
In the early stages of migraine, the pains can be avoided by the following:
1. To follow behavioural therapy in order to prevent episodes.
2. To avoid caffeine sources.
3. To follow and organize balanced diets.
4. Pain relievers.
But all of the foregoing work in early headache cases, and if you do not suffer from recurrent migraine pains, but if you suffer from recurrent migraine pain, you can find the treatment in the minimal intervention, which is the following:
Thermal radiofrequency treatment of migraine
It is performed by directing thermal frequency pulses on the palatine gland area and on the nerve that supplies the head from behind, which inhibits the nerve's delivery of pain, after which the patient can leave the hospital or the clinic to his/her home normally so that he/she can practice his/her life in a normal way.
To learn more about tension headache pain, you can read the below article:
Migraine: Causes and Treatment Methods
4. Cluster Headache:
This type of pain is called cluster headache pain because the headache waves come in the form of intermittent headache episodes throughout the day for a certain period and then the patient gets rid of headache pain for a period that may reach 10 months and it returns again suddenly with the symptoms thereof.
Symptoms of Cluster Headache:
1. A strong headache that may be associated with eye swelling, which may occur with redness of the conjunctiva and narrowing of the pupil.
2. Excessive sweating.
3. Swelling of the face on the affected side.
Treatment of Cluster Headache:
Some people may resort to analgesics and believe that the period of calm between headache episodes is caused by such analgesics, so they continue to believe that such analgesics are the solution, but they do not realize the risk of death hidden behind cluster headache episodes, so it is advisable to solve the problem at its roots through the following:
Thermal radiofrequency treatment of cluster headache
The radiofrequency treatment of pain is similar to the treatment of the previously mentioned headache pains in terms of effect, and the period of treatment with a slight difference related to the nerve to which the thermal radiofrequency pulses are directed, where the causative nerve is tested firstly, and the pulses are directed to the responsive nerve.
5. Posterior Headache:
It is a pain in the back of the head on both sides, and its cause is an inflammation in the third cervical nerve that supplies the head from the back and extends to the front of the head by dividing into two nerves, the greater and lesser head posterior nerve.
Its treatment: Its treatment is performed by directing pulsating thermal radiofrequency on the third cervical nerve, on both sides and in some cases, a local anti-inflammatory injection in the nerve branches at the back of the head.
6. Cervicogenic Headache:
It is one of the most common types of headaches, and it is caused by the roughness of the upper cervical spine, the pain is localized in the back of the head, and it is diagnosed through accurate examination and an MRI of the cervical spine.
Its treatment: The treatment is done by treating the cause, which is the roughness of the vertebrae, and it is performed using the technique of thermal radiofrequency on the points of pain in the upper cervical spine, and injecting the cervical vertebral catheter, which is a completely safe and effective treatment.
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