Headache Specialist

Northwest Suburban Pain Center

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Arlington Heights, IL & South Barrington, IL

Headaches come in a wide variety of forms and almost everyone gets them, from sinus headaches during a cold or 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 Northwest Suburban Pain Center can do to help. To learn more, call one of the three offices in Arlington Heights, South Barrington, and Schaumburg, Illinois, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Headache 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 the course of 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.

When should I see a doctor for my headaches?

Every person is different 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 Northwest Suburban Pain Center.

How are headaches treated?

Thankfully, the medical experts at Northwest Suburban Pain Center have a number of treatments they can use to help you battle headaches, including:

Occipital nerve block

The doctor injects steroids into your occipital nerves, located at the base of the back of your head, to reduce swelling and chronic pain.

Trigger point injections

Your doctor injects an anesthetic into trigger points, which are tight bands of muscles, in order to relax them and relieve your headaches.

Sphenopalatine block

Your sphenopalatine ganglion is a cluster of nerve cells related to your trigeminal nerve, the culprit behind many headaches. By numbing this nerve activity, your doctor can reduce your headaches.

Your doctor performs all of these procedures on an outpatient basis at one of Northwest Suburban Pain Center’s three locations.

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

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