Lancaster General Health offers comprehensive resources for the diagnosis and non-narcotic treatment of all types of headaches in adults, including migraines, tension-type headaches, cluster headaches, chronic daily headaches, and facial pain disorders.
Our headache team consists of neurologists, a clinical psychologist, physical and occupational therapists, the Lancaster General Health Sleep Medicine Center, nutrition, and holistic therapy practitioners. We focus on learning about you to find the best ways to eliminate or successfully manage your headaches.
Our team of neurologists have experience in treating a variety of headache conditions, including:
- Tension-type headache
- Cluster headache
- Paroxysmal hemicrania
- Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT)
- Hemicrania continua
- Hypnic headache
- Other primary headache disorders
Treating Your Headache
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from headache and facial pain disorders. We offer a wide range of services to treat your headache, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Massage therapy
- Non-narcotic pharmacological therapy
- Botox injections
- Nerve blocks
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Dietary, stress management and other lifestyle modifications
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
On your first visit, we will review the records from your referring physician and the medical and headache history forms you submitted, and conduct a complete physical and neurological exam. This helps us develop a personalized, headache treatment plan. Our neurologists see patients at the Neuroscience Institute.
As a member of the South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health promotes a non-narcotic policy for our headache care program. This is in keeping with the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Neurology guidelines recommending strongly against the use of narcotics for chronic non-cancer pain. In fact, science shows that any regular use of narcotics more than doubles your risk for developing chronic daily headaches. For these reasons, our headache care program does not accept any individual who is currently taking narcotics and will not prescribe narcotics for management of headaches.
Disability and Related Forms
It is important for our neurologists to focus on direct patient care. Thus, they are not able to complete disability or Family Medical Leave Act paperwork. We will work with your primary care provider and share all of your medical records as requested.