Headaches Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

Headaches come in a wide variety of forms, and almost everyone gets them, from sinus headaches during a cold to debilitating migraine headaches that occur several times a month. If headaches are interfering with your ability to function normally, there’s a lot the interventional pain management specialists at Michigan Pain Specialists can do to help. The team can treat any type of headache, including debilitating head pain that starts in the occipital nerves of the scalp. To learn more, call their offices in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Headaches Q & A

What are the most common types of headaches?

Headaches can strike in many different ways, often without prior warning, and they can disappear just as quickly. For some, however, headaches can be an ongoing medical issue that greatly reduces the quality of life. If you fall into this category, you may be suffering from one of the following:

Tension headaches

This is the most common type of headache, and it feels like your head is being pressed from the top and sides, and the pain can also radiate down into your neck and shoulders. The pain associated with these headaches ranges from mild to severe.

Cluster headaches

The hallmark of a cluster headache is an intense pain behind or around your eye. The reason these headaches are called cluster headaches is that they typically strike again and again over several weeks to several months.


These headaches typically affect one side of your head, and they can last from a few hours to a few days. Migraine symptoms vary greatly in severity, sometimes leading to nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances on top of the pain.

The providers at Michigan Pain Specialists also have extensive experience diagnosing and treating headaches that develop from occipital neuralgia. The occipital nerves in your scalp can become irritated and inflamed. This irritation causes severe throbbing or piercing headaches and shock-like pain in the back of your head, in your neck, and behind your ears.

When should I see a doctor for my headaches?

Every person is unique and is affected by head pain differently. The bottom line is that if headaches are keeping you from enjoying your life, you should seek the counsel of an interventional pain management specialist at Michigan Pain Specialists.

How are headaches treated?

Thankfully, the medical experts at Michigan Pain Specialists have several treatments they can use to help you battle headaches.

If oral medications and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to relieve severe or recurrent headache pain, you might benefit from trigger point injections that deliver anesthetic medications into tight muscles to relax them and ease head pain. 

The Michigan Pain Specialists physicians also offer occipital nerve blocks to address pain relating to occipital neuralgia. An occipital nerve block involves injections of anti-inflammatories and anesthetic medication into the occipital nerves. 

The anesthetics disrupt the transmission of pain signals from traveling from your brain while the anti-inflammatories reduce inflammation that’s irritating these nerves for rapid relief of chronic headache pain. 

If you’re not able to function properly because of headaches, call to see how Michigan Pain Specialists can provide relief. Or use the booking tool online to schedule a consultation.