Migraines can be a devastating side effect of concussion and other forms of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), impacting the quality of a patient’s professional, social, and family life. At Kaizen, all methods of treatment are evidence-based, customized, and determined by the severity and frequency of a patient’s migraines.
The first step of migraine management is to determine the causes and triggers of the patient’s migraine episodes. Our neurologist begins by taking a detailed history and typically asks the patient to keep a headache diary.
Next our neurologist recommends lifestyle modifications that may reduce or eliminate migraines. Recommendations may include techniques for sleep management, stress management, diet/nutrition, caffeine intake, and exercise. After a trial period, our neurologist analyzes the results of the changes to develop an individualized migraine treatment plan.
If a patient is experiencing migraines more than 6-8 times a month, we may consider treatment with medication and/or supplementation. Medication can be used to prevent, treat, and/or reduce the pain of migraine episodes.
Botulinum toxin or Botox is another treatment method that may be used for migraine management. Injecting Botox into various points at the neck and above can relax muscles, treat spasms, and prevent migraines.