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Welcome to the First Health Associates Headache Clinic. We are glad you found us and hope that you’ll give us the opportunity to help you manage your headaches and learn how to feel better again. Founded in 2009 by Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R, the Headache Clinic at First Health includes an integrative team of specialists who personalize medical care. We often include lifestyle modifications and alternative therapies to successfully treat patients of all ages.
Most headaches have external triggers. There are obvious triggers and more often than not, complex hidden multifactoral triggers. We use recently released computerized technology developed by some of the world's leading neurologists to help identify your personal triggers and protectors. Our goal is to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches by identifying causative and protective external factors, not just medicating the symptoms. From your initial consultation and diagnosis, to your individualized treatment plan, you will find the healthcare team at First Health to be compassionate and focused on getting you better.
Headaches affect just about everyone at some point, and they can present themselves in many ways. Some people only experience pain in one part of their head or behind their eyes, while others experience a pounding sensation inside their whole head. Many headache sufferers experience nausea and visual disturbances, while others do not. The pain itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. The good news is very few headaches have serious underlying causes, but those that do require urgent medical attention, not just pain management.
The International Headache Society classifies headaches into three primary divisions: Primary, Secondary and Cranial Neuralgia/Facial Pain. Secondary Headaches and Cranial Neuralgias are rare, but potentially serious in nature. These can be the result of a myriad of causes including tumors, stroke and infections. A thorough history, exam and appropriate testing is required to rule out this type of headache.
Fortunately, the vast majority of headaches are not life threatening and are classified as Primary Headaches. Primary headaches are further subdivided into Migraine, Tension or Cluster Headaches. Primary headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions from over medication, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue, food allergies, food intolerances, dietary insufficiency, postural faults, muscle spasm, and hormonal imbalances.
Often patients present to our clinic suffering from more than one type of headache simultaneously. A thorough evaluation and assessment helps us to determine the type or types of headache you experience.
Your care begins with seeing Dr. Gruss, a Fellow in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and specialist in pain management. Dr. Gruss is also a member of the National Headache Foundation and the American Headache Society.
While we do use conventional medications in our treatment plans, we believe that medicine is only one part of effectively managing headaches. In fact, you'll find our approach a little different because our goal is to minimize your need for medications.
Your first visit begins with a thorough history and physical examination. Based on our findings and the type of headache you are experiencing, you will be guided to the providers who are best suited to properly care for your headache.
After our team evaluations are completed, we conference, set goals for your improvement, and lay out a detailed treatment plan that's designed specifically for you.
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