Headaches services offered in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Few things can throw a wrench in the course of a normal day faster than a headache, and for some, headaches can be more than just an inconvenience. The caring providers at Michigan Avenue Primary Care in The Loop of downtown Chicago, Illinois, can help determine the source and type of your headaches and create a customized treatment plan that can help. Call Michigan Avenue Primary Care or request an appointment online today. 

Headaches Q & A

What are some common types of headaches?

Researchers have identified more than 150 different types of headaches, but some are far more common than others.

Tension headaches

These headaches can come and go and typically cause mild to moderate pain. They usually don’t present additional symptoms. 


Technically a collection of neurological symptoms, migraines are often listed as a type of headache because they create a pounding, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. They also can cause heightened sensitivity to light, sounds, or smells and can make you feel nauseous and dizzy. 

Cluster headaches

Among the most severe types of headaches, these create intense piercing or burning pain near or behind one eye. Your eyelid may droop, your pupils might constrict, and the affected eye can water. These headaches tend to occur in groups. 

Sinus headaches

These headaches create steady pain in your forehead, cheekbones, and the bridge of your nose. They’re caused by inflammation in your sinuses and can be accompanied by yellow or green mucus. 

Numerous secondary headaches can result from a triggering event like influenza, a hangover, dehydration, and other conditions. 

When should I see a doctor for headaches?

Everyone experiences occasional head pain, but when headaches are severe or begin to interfere with your regular daily routine, it’s time to seek professional help. Some headaches are caused by severe health conditions that require treatment. 

Chronic head pain can also take a toll on your overall health and wellness. You might find yourself isolated from social experiences or, spending less time outdoors or engaged in physical activity if you’re dealing with frequent headaches. 

What can be done to treat headaches?

Treatment begins with a thorough diagnostic exam to determine the cause of your head pain. Your treatment plan is created to address your specific set of needs. 

If necessary, your Michigan Avenue Primary Care provider can prescribe medications to help control headache pain. Still, every effort is made to find a solution that does not require long-term reliance on pharmaceutical intervention. In the case of secondary headaches, treating the underlying condition can relieve pain. 

If your headaches are brought on by spinal misalignment, your Michigan Avenue Primary Care provider may recommend chiropractic care, which can provide adjustments to restore optimal vertebral placement and relieve the pressure on your spinal cord. Muscle tightness can also be relieved through chiropractic care. 

To find relief from your headaches, call Michigan Avenue Primary Care or request an appointment online today.