Adolescents With Headaches Require Different Treatment Considerations

January 26, 2024
November 9, 2021
Adolescents With Headaches Require Different Treatment Considerations

Headaches manifest differently during different life stages, and the considerations for treatment vary significantly as you age.  The American Headache Society even has different guidelines for treatment of pediatric and adult headache.  One of the largest pediatric migraine trials ever done surprisingly revealed that the most common preventive medications for migraine in adults was only about equally effective to behavioral treatments for kids and teens. 

Headaches are never treated the same regardless, but headaches in teenagers are themselves unique. Concussion and head trauma are very common in teenagers, and there are unique challenges related to school and social pressures.  The recommendations headache specialists need to give teenagers can vary significantly from what we would recommend to an adult.  And what works in one situation doesn’t work in another. 

Headache medicine is a subspecialty of neurology, but you reall need to be even more sub-specialized in order to treat headache disorders in adolescents and children.  Neura Health can now treat patients ages 14 and up -- and we take our individualized approach that has been effective for adults and provide that for adolescents as well. Most people first develop headaches in their teens, which will allow us to provide high-quality care to even more people who sorely need it. Seeing a certified headache neurologist can help to identify migraines in the early stages when young patients are often misdiagnosed and mistreated.

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Thomas Berk, MD FAHS
Thomas Berk is Medical Director at Neura Health, where he treats Neura patients via video visit. He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
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Thomas Berk, MD FAHS is Medical Director of Neura Health and a neurologist and headache specialist based in New York City. A former Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, he has over 12 years of clinical experience. He graduated from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at NYU as well. He completed a headache fellowship at the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the American Headache Society and has been on the Super Doctors list of rising stars for the past five years.

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