Treatment Options

At UT Southwestern, our Headache and Facial Pain Disorders Program offers expert care for those times when headaches move from run-of-the-mill to ruining your life.

Care begins with a thorough assessment of your medical history and previous treatments, along with an evaluation for co-morbid conditions. In addition, because headache sufferers often must cope with unusual amounts of stress, depression, and anxiety, a psychological assessment may be incorporated.

Both a board-certified headache medicine specialist and a physical therapist evaluate all patients. Other consultations may be arranged depending on your unique situation.

We encourage patients to keep a headache diary and bring it with them to their first appointment, where your examining physician will review the diary.

After the initial evaluation, we partner with you to develop a personalized plan of care that incorporates both pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies.

We offer a wide range of treatment options, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback
  • Botox injections
  • Cognitive behavioral treatment
  • Emerging surgical treatments
  • Facet and epidural blocks
  • Medication
  • Nerve blocks
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Occipital nerve stimulation
  • Physical therapy

As part of a major academic medical center, we also participate in numerous clinical trials, offering patients an opportunity to receive new treatments before they are available to the general public.