Dr. Kasendorf uses advanced pain management techniques for safe and effective headache and migraine treatment, helping patients throughout the La Jolla, CA, area find the relief they need from debilitating symptoms that can take a significant toll on their health and their quality of life.
Headaches can occur for many different reasons, including chronic stress, anxiety, depression and other emotional issues, or from physical causes like muscle strain, soft tissue injury, circulation problems and nervous system issues, including pinched nerves and overactive nerves. Chronic headaches including migraines can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of a person's life. The first step in treating headaches is to have a physical exam with a complete medical history aimed at identifying possible causes so treatment can be customized and targeted for better results and improved overall health.
The exact treatment for chronic headaches will depend on the underlying cause, and can include techniques like:
trigger point injections
sphenopalatine nerve blocks
Botox® injections to block nerve receptors
Ideally, treatment of migraines and other chronic headaches is focused on preventing headaches from occurring in the first place, but medications can also be prescribed to treat symptoms of headaches that do occur.
Botox® is typically used in people who have many headaches each month, each one lasting several hours. Injections are given at specific points around the neck and head to help block nerve signals that have been implicated in migraine headaches. Studies have shown Botox® can help prevent migraines for up to three months in many patients, and treatment can be repeated every 12 weeks as needed.
Your physical exam, medical history and a detailed description of symptoms can be very helpful in understanding your headaches and the factors that contribute to them. Information gathered during your exam along with any lab tests that may be ordered will help determine the best treatment approach to bring relief for your specific symptoms.
We accept Medicare, Scripps, Workers Comp, Blue Cross Blue Shield, TriCare and all PPO insurance. Please call our office if you have any questions.
"Dr Kasendorf is one of the best doctors I have ever had. He is very personable yet professional. He listens and takes care of my medical issues promptly and effectively."
"Dr. Kasendorf is informed, his ideas are current and he is decisive all of which made me very comfortable."