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What Causes Headaches?

If you’re one of the four million people in the United States suffering from chronic migraines, you can find help at Mountain View Headache & Spine Institute in Phoenix AZ. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 2222 E. Highland Avenue, Suite 110 Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Headaches Specialist Near Me in Phoenix, AZ
Headaches Specialist Near Me in Phoenix, AZ

Table of Contents:

What causes headaches?
How are headaches diagnosed?
How are headaches treated?

If you’re one of the four million people in the United States suffering from chronic migraines, you can find help at Mountain View Headache & Spine Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, serving Maricopa County, including the Biltmore and Arcadia areas. As an experienced pain management specialist, Ruchir Gupta, MD, offers integrative treatment solutions for chronic headaches and migraine sufferers. Dr. Gupta can help you manage your headache pain through in-person visits and via a convenient telehealth platform. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for headaches, call Mountain View Headache & Spine Institute, or book an appointment online today.

What causes headaches?

Occasional headaches can be the result of muscle tension from stress, poor posture, and things in your environment, such as bright lights or strong smells.

When your headaches become chronic or if you experience recurrent migraines, it might be due to underlying health issues, genetic factors, or dysfunction in your nerves.

Mountain View Headache & Spine Institute offers comprehensive pain management services for chronic headaches when you can’t find relief with over-the-counter medications. Dr. Gupta can treat a variety of chronic headache types, including cluster headaches and migraines.

How are headaches diagnosed?

To determine the root cause of your headache, Dr. Gupta spends time reviewing your personal and family medical history, lifestyle, diet, and usual activities. He also listens to your symptoms to better understand the frequency and severity of your pain.

The type of pain you have and its location can help pinpoint the type of headaches you’re experiencing and help Dr. Gupta identify what treatments you need to feel better.

To rule out infections and other underlying medical conditions that can trigger a headache, you might need blood work or diagnostic imaging tests like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

How are headaches treated?

To relieve pain and prevent the recurrence of headaches, Dr. Gupta takes an integrated approach to care and uses a combination of Western, holistic, and alternative medicine.

When pain-relieving medications aren’t enough to treat your headaches or migraines, Dr. Gupta can customize a treatment plan to your needs. Your plan might include:

Occipital nerve blocks

Occipital nerve blocks deliver pain-relieving medications to the occipital nerves at the base of your neck. Dysfunction in these nerves can contribute to headache pain and migraines.


Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that involves inserting fine needles into specific points of your body to relieve tension and stress that contribute to headaches.

Stress management techniques

Learning how to control your stress through breathing exercises and other stress management techniques can help reduce the frequency of your headaches.

Lifestyle changes

Incorporating more exercise and better nutrition into your diet can be beneficial to preventing headaches and migraines.

Prescription medication

There are several prescription medications available to manage and prevent migraine headaches that Dr. Gupta can prescribe in addition to the alternative therapies.

Dr. Gupta can also determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy or IV nutrient infusions to treat and prevent recurrent migraines.

Mountain View Headache & Spine Institute offers chronic headache and migraine management services in the office and through a telehealth platform. You can speak with Dr. Gupta from wherever you are through online video chats when you need immediate medical attention for a painful headache.

If frequent headaches or debilitating migraines are keeping you down, you can schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling Mountain View Headache & Spine Institute today. We serve patients from Phoenix AZ, Scottsdale AZ, Glendale AZ, Tempe AZ, Paradise Valley AZ, and BEYOND!