Complete, Compassionate Care for Headache Sufferers
Henry Hooker, MD is founder of the Headache Center. Dr. Hooker is sub specialty board certified in headache medicine by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties. His professional affiliations include the American Academy of Neurology, American Headache Society and International Headache Society.
A questionnaire to be completed prior to your first visit will be mailed to you. Dr. Hooker will take a detailed history, perform a physical exam, discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan, and answer questions. Studies such as MRI, CT scan, blood work and other appointments may be arranged.
- Physical therapy often employs myofascial release massage therapy, aerobic training, electrical stimulation, postural training, and related therapeutic relaxation exercises.
- Biofeedback is a program to gain control of physiological processes important in headache control such as muscle tension, skin temperature, and autonomic responses. The technique can be learned in several sessions coached by a physical therapist or psychologist.
- Personal counseling with a licensed counselor or psychotherapist is often suggested to help identify the sources of stress, to address other issues such as family, drug dependence, anxiety or depression, and to suggest behavior modification.
Botox is a novel therapy for the treatment of headache pain. Dr. Hooker has been administering Botox since 1996, and offers this treatment to select headache patients.
A physician’s referral is necessary for an appointment with Dr. Hooker. Discuss with your physician if a referral is appropriate for you.
Refills for medications may be requested during office hours. No refill requests will be taken after working hours, on holidays, or on weekends. Medications new to the patient will not be prescribed via telephone because careful discussion concerning possible side effects, effectiveness, expectations, and treatment plans must be made in person, and a physical examination may be required.
Hospitalization is frequently necessary to break the headache cycle with intravenous medications, to allow preventative medications to take effect, and to detoxify from analgesic and narcotic medications. This is often a crucial step.