Headache and Pain
Headache pain is one of the most common debilitating conditions. The Mount Sinai Center for Headache Medicine provides individualized treatment plans plus counseling for patients suffering from these illnesses. The treatments available include a variety of medications for acute and preventive treatments, as well as Botox and some other non-medication therapies. Nerve blocks, cryoablation, radiofrequency ablations, and implanted stimulators are also part of the practice. Intravenous infusions are available for refractory cases. Pediatric headache specialists are part of the team.
The newly expanded Center for Head Pain, directed by Mark W. Green, MD, and Lawrence Newman, MD, includes three sites for care located throughout Manhattan and houses a staff of neurologists specifically trained and board certified in headache medicine. Our specialists in pain management are an interdisciplinary team of experts that includes otolaryngology (ENT), neuro-ophthalmology, pain psychology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, neurosurgery, and facial pain dentistry who diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and adults with headache and facial pain. Biofeedback, stress management, acupuncture, trigger point injections, nerve blocks, and Botox injections, as well as infusion therapies, are available at various sites throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.
The expansion of this division, furthermore, allows for us to offer extensive training of present and future headache doctors. Indeed, it includes, as part of our network, two of the only 17 headache fellowship programs in the entire United States.
Our staff is specifically trained to exclude serious underlying neurological pathology, and also recognize the seriousness and impact of all head and facial pain problems. Patients receive an initial evaluation with any appropriate diagnostic tests. Treatments may include acute and preventive medication as well as non-pharmacological treatments when appropriate.
This large network also offers opportunities for large-scale research projects including clinical medication and device trials. These may be appropriate for those who have been previously unsuccessful in managing their disorders using conventional treatments. Research has involved hormonal and pregnancy influence on headaches and managing severe headaches during pregnancy, menstruation, and lactation. Current studies are investigating the use of neurostimulators for cluster and migraine, and Botox for chronic migraine headaches.
Mount Sinai's Pain Management and Integrative Medicine physicians utilize both traditional and complementary (alternative) therapies to decrease and manage pain—caused by injury, cancer, or other chronic or acute ailments—and improve overall function. Our specialists provide diagnosis and treatment with a focus on minimally invasive procedures to relieve discomfort so that patients can participate in physical therapies. By increasing functionality we help patients to re-engage in activities important to them, thereby improving the very quality of their lives.
Our board certified physician specialists are expert in a broad range of therapies, including medical acupuncture, biofeedback and electrical stimulation, among others.
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Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
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Pain Management and Integrative Medicine
The Mount Sinai Hospital
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New York, NY 10029