Some 30 million Americans suffer from chronic disabling migraine headaches, which affect one in four families. Moreover, migraines most often strike during life's most productive years, when people are busy starting careers and raising families. These headaches can take a toll that affects families as well as the economy through lost productivity when the headache prevents someone from going to work.
When you can no longer manage your headaches using over-the-counter medications or other remedies, it's time to see a specialist. Yet studies have shown that both physicians and patients commonly ignore and subsequently undertreat headache. At the Headache Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, patients receive comprehensive care from a team of headache specialists who accurately diagnosis headaches and tailor a personalized plan of care. Patients may also be offered opportunities to participate in clinical trials of new treatments.
We treat all kinds of headaches, including migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. We have special expertise in the:
Use of botulinum toxin (Botox®) to treat chronic migraines
Management of headaches in women and adolescents
Care of patients whose headaches place them at increased risk of stroke
Treatment of migraines during pregnancy and menopause
Education of patients about lifestyle changes to reduce the frequency and severity of their headaches
When the headache is caused by an underlying medical problem, such as a brain tumor or aneurysm, we refer patients to other specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell — a large academic medical center — for prompt evaluation and treatment.