Headache and Facial Pain Center

Advanced care for all headache and facial pain conditions.

Chronic headaches and facial pain can have a debilitating effect on your quality of life, impacting everything from work, school, family responsibilities and social life. They can also be some of the most complex conditions to diagnose and treat. At the Henry Ford Headache and Facial Pain Center, we emphasize collaborative care. Our team of specialists work together to create a personalized care plan for your specific headache or facial pain condition.

Multidisciplinary care for headaches and facial pain

Our team includes fellowship-trained and United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties headache and facial pain experts, who collaborate with other specialists in the Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the nation’s largest and most experienced group practices. This includes:

  • Other neurologists
  • Interventional pain management specialists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Addiction specialists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Otolaryngologists

Advanced diagnosis and treatment for the most complex cases

We start with an extensive diagnosis process, which includes a complete medical history, a neurological exam and any neuroimaging that may be necessary. From there, we work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. There have been significant advancements in the field of headache and facial pain medicine in recent years, and Henry Ford is at the forefront. We offer a comprehensive approach to treatment, which may include:

  • Medications
  • Interventional procedures
    • Intravenous infusions delivered in urgent care setting
    • Nerve blocks
  • Botox® treatment
  • Pain psychology therapies
  • Physical therapy
  • Integrative medicine
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Nutritional supplements and vitamin therapies
  • Neurosurgical procedures

Advancing care through research

As an academic health system, we are actively involved in the study of the biological underpinnings of headache and facial pain medicine. We also incorporate the latest research and treatment options into our care plans, including anti-CGRP monoclonal antibodies for migraines and FDA approved devices for the treatment of migraine and cluster headaches.

  • Tension headaches
    Also known as stress headaches, this common type can feel like someone is compressing your forehead, temples or neck.
  • Migraine headaches
    A migraine is a recurring type of headache triggered by one or more everyday factors, such as food, drinks, hormonal changes or sleep activity. Migraine headaches can be quite disabling, they can be associated with light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Cluster headaches
    These recurring headaches cause extreme pain behind or around one of your eyes. Cluster headaches can be more intense than a migraine, but may not last as long.
  • Secondary headaches
    These headaches are caused by an underlying medical condition. This may include a known illness or head injury, high or low spinal fluid's pressure but symptoms could also be the sign of a serious undiagnosed condition such as a brain tumor.
  • Facial pain
    People experience facial pain for many reasons, including from an associated temporary condition such as a sinus infection. However, chronic pain conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia can cause sudden, intense, debilitating pain anywhere on your face.
  • Chiari malformations
    This condition results when a structural defect causes part of the brain to extend into the spinal canal. Signs and symptoms may vary greatly among individuals, and as a result, this condition may go undiagnosed.
  • Hemicrania type headaches
    Tend to affect only one side of the head.
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