The Houston Headache & Neurological Institute is a medical office that specializes in the diagnosis of neurological conditions that lead to painful headaches and the treatment of those painful headaches. Unlike many other clinics, we do not put our patients on clinical trials to see if something “new” will relieve their pain. We quickly move to the source of your headache pain and treat it with known treatments to find you relief.
Find Headache Relief at the Houston Headache Institute
Here at the Houston Headache & Neurological Institute, we work tirelessly at the forefront of advanced medical treatment for chronic headaches and migraines for residents in Houston, Texas. We offer a complete assortment of safe, effective, non-invasive treatment options that can alleviate headaches no matter what may be causing them.
Just as importantly, we believe in developing a personalized treatment plan for every patient, maximizing the relief and accelerating results.
Houston In-Office Diagnostics
Our cutting-edge diagnostic technology allows us to determine and target the true cause of pain. We have years of experience identifying and treating situations where headaches among Houston patients are caused by underlying medical problems that might have gone undiagnosed. We do this through a variety of treatments that include the following:
- Allergy Testing
- Biocellular Treatment
- Botox Treatment
- Chronic Migraine Treatment
- ANS, VNG & EEG Testing
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that detects electrical activity in your brain using small, flat metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp. This test focuses in the assessment of brain waves and its functionality. A major role of this medical test in relation to headaches is for the physician to rule out any signs of seizures, epilepsy, or vascular components of the brain leading to headaches.
The Autonomic Nervous System test (ANS) is designed to evaluate the autonomic functions of the body. These body functions encompass monitoring and controlling all internal functions such as blood pressure, blood flow, sweating, bowel and bladder and so on. When a headache patient displays headache symptoms including: nausea, diarrhea, paroxysmal tachycardia, vasoconstriction of extracranial arteries, chest or head pressure; the ANS test allows the physician to measure if the cause of headaches are due to autonomic nervous system factors.
Videonystagmography (VNG) or commonly known as “Stress Test”, it determines if a vestibular (inner ear) disease may be causing a balance or dizziness among other problems, and is one of the only tests available today that can interpret between a unilateral (one ear) and bilateral (both ears) vestibular loss. VNG testing is a serious of tests designed to document a person’s ability to follow visual objects with their eyes and how well the eyes respond to information from the vestibular system. Furthermore, the VNG addresses the functionality of each ear and if a vestibular deficit may be the cause of dizziness or balance problem. Often times, symptoms ranging from dizziness, vertigo, giddiness, and syncope like symptoms are identified in the VNG. The test consists of several movements of the eyes, and infrared goggles are placed around the eyes to record eye movements during testing. VNG testing is non-invasive and lasts about 1 hour.
Echocardiogram can be used to diagnose blood flow issues throughout the body, including the heart, which could create the conditions for severe headaches in affecting our Houston patients. It is a form of ultrasound and can also be used to determine the root cause of migraines.
This diagnostic treatment measures blood flow in the brain’s blood vessels by measuring ultrasound wave echoes passing through the cranium. It can detect blood flow issues affecting the brain that can cause severe migraines.
Extracranial Bilateral Study
This form of diagnostic builds upon the information provided by the Transcranial Doppler to provide a complete picture of cranial blood flow. It helps recognize weakened extra-cranial arteries.
Extra-Cranial Carotid Doppler
Pressure originating from the neck can cause many types of headaches. Pain radiating from the head to the neck may indicate problems with the neck arteries. Extra-cranial carotid Doppler treatment is used to diagnose this.
During this treatment, an advanced ultrasound probe is settled onto the patient’s neck. Sound waves are used to create a high-resolution diagnostic image of the neck’s artery systems. With this, we can track the direction and speed of blood flow.
This allows us to pinpoint blockages, spasms, or aneurysm of the arteries that might be the cause of headache pain. After diagnosis, it’s often possible to make damaged arteries more efficient. Houston patients can benefit from certain medications starting or surgeries.
Allergies are the hidden cause of many chronic headaches. An allergic reaction causes pressure in the head, sinuses, and across the respiratory system. The body’s natural histamine reaction can also prompt sensitivities that lead to headaches.
Headache Diagnosis & Treatment
Seven different primary headache disorders and nearly a dozen secondary headache disorders can all be the foundation of chronic headache or migraine. To resolve the issue, it must first be identified.
At our Houston Headache Institute in Texas, we begin each patient with a complete examination and medical history intended to focus on the most effective headache treatment.
Neuro-muscular therapy, which is also called NMT, is useful for headaches caused or worsened by pain in the soft tissues. NMT consists of a number of specialized treatment protocols that have each been demonstrated to work on a particular area of the body.
By performing NMT on different parts of the body, these related protocols effectively build on one another, dramatically reducing pain and tension in the soft tissues. That can relieve the underlying stress and physiological burden that is the cause of many headaches.
The Houston Headache Institute is proud to offer neuro-fascial hydro-dissection as an option for patients whose headaches are partly caused by disordered activity of the nerves and muscles. This treatment focuses on relieving injured nerves that have been compressed.
First, affected nerves are identified using ultrasound-based diagnostic imaging. Then, a special solution is injected into the area that restores regular function to these “entrapped” nerves. The nerve separates naturally from the surrounding structures and is restored to its proper dimensions.
Nerves throughout the head, neck and shoulders often benefit from the procedure. Patients whose headaches are caused primarily or exclusively by nerve entrapment can find they achieve complete resolution of their headache pain in a single treatment. This is a minimally invasive procedure with almost immediate results and no recovery time.
Botox is one of the latest alternatives for headache and migraines. It is a prescription medicine that is injected with the goal of preventing headaches for chronic migraines patients who have on average 15 or more days each month with headache lasting four or more hours each day. Botox isn’t just for facial rejuvenation. By reducing the activity of certain facial muscles, it can alleviate the underlying causes of certain tension headaches. Patients appreciate the fast, easy procedure and long-lasting pain relief.
Neuro Proliferation Therapy (NPT) is the approach our physicians take in order to attack immediate headache flare-ups and severe pain. By using Dextrose, the physician allocates and isolates the pain, by decreasing the inflammation in the patient; the results are almost immediately. Your pain will ultimately dictate whether neuro-prolotherapy is right for you.
If our doctors can find direct, measurable damage to one of your joints or tendons, we’ll recommend treating the damage directly. However, if we can’t find any damage, and if other facts in your history and symptoms indicate that the pain is nerve-based, neuro-prolotherapy may be the effective treatment you’ve been looking for. In some instances, your pain may be the result of many different factors, and you may need a mixture of different treatments carefully choreographed to fit your needs.
Our Houston doctors have used neuro-prolotherapy to treat all of the following:
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Neck Pain
- Hip Pain
- Muscle Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Bell’s Palsy
- Face Pain
- And others
Proliferation Therapy (PROLO) uses a mild irritant solution (usually consisting of various sugars) that we inject directly into the damaged or painful joint, creating a small, controlled inflammation. This controlled inflammation is a reparative type or proliferative type. The therapy triggers your body to heal the original damage that originated the pain or inflammation. Your body regenerates new and shields, whole tissue, and you experience less pain and better function. This therapy approach is performed every 4-6 weeks. Each patient achieves different results depending on the severity of the pain.
PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma containing concentrated platelets. These platelets contain a vast amount reservoir of biologically active proteins and mediators, including platelet growth factors, which are vital for initiation and acceleration of tissue repair and degeneration. These bioactive proteins help initiate and/or accelerate connective tissue healing as well as bone and possibly joint surface regeneration and repair. They can promote the development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process. Not only, this is the future of regenerative medicine, but it has been successful in the treatment of headaches and joint pain. Many joints pre-surgery patients are expediting PRP as an alternative to surgical procedures.
Moreover, our PRP treatments can stimulate the hair follicles you thought were dormant, leading to increased hair growth and thicker, fuller hair! Whether you’ve recently had hair follicles implanted or you want to try to restart your natural hair follicles, our PRP treatment may be able to help. The growth factors in the platelets may be just what you need to bring those follicles (and your hair) back to life.
Stem cells are the source of some of modern medicinal research’s most enticing promises. Your stem cells are unique in that they can be “programmed” to turn into virtually any other kind of cell in the body. They can, at least in theory, be used to create heart tissue, muscle tissue, joint tissue, and so much more. Because of this, stem cells are the future of medicine, and we believe that many pain, orthopedic, and sports medicine professionals will soon be using stem cells as easily as they use prescription medication and surgery today.
How does it work? Once properly activated and implanted, the cells recognize the injury and work together to heal it. The PRP analyzes the injury and tells the stem cells how to fix it. Consequently, the stem cells become the type of tissue that is needed to replace the injured or damaged tissue.
The result is that you get new, undamaged tissue that will feel and function just as it did before the injury: maximum function with minimum pain. The best part of this treatment is that no surgery is required and no foreign objects are implanted or replaced in your body. This process is autologous (your own DNA), which is organic, safe and the impending vision of regenerative medicine.
Adipose Stem Cell
Adipose is a loose connective tissue that contains water, fat cells and various proteins. When people lose weight, adipose tissue is principally what they are “burning off.” However, a certain amount of adipose is vital to the body’s health.
Using this procedure, the versatile stem cells located in adipose tissue are safely harvested.
These rare cells have the ability to convert into virtually any cell in the human body, which gives them remarkable properties in wound healing. Dr. Sadeghi’s Patent Pending migraine treatment using stem cell and/or PRP has helped hundreds of patients, suffering from disabling headaches and migraines become headache free. Stem cells may be able to help Houston patients who suffer from nerve or ligament damage to kick-start the recovery process and curb headache pain.
Physical medicine is a fast, safe, and non-invasive way to treat many headaches related to stress and tension. Our approach targets neuromuscular components, which have been designed to mitigate and recover the stressed muscles and regions leading to headaches and migraines. A personalized physical medicine plan might include pressure point treatment along the scalp, massage, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound, and electrical muscle stimulation.
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