The WVU Headache Center

neurology-headacheFor those who are among the 40 million Americans who suffer from chronic or severe headaches, the WVU Headache Center provides personalized, empathetic care and a commitment to improving quality of life.

The WVU Headache Center is under the direction of David Watson, MD, the only headache specialist in the state certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Physicians in the Headache Center work closely with specialists in neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry, and radiology to help prevent headaches through medication, changes in behavior and nutrition, and other approaches. In addition, our doctors provide patients the means to deal with acute headaches, such as migraines, so future occurrences can be relieved quickly.

Twenty-five percent of women ages 25 to 55 suffer from migraines, and women outnumber men in terms of migraines by a ratio of three-to-one. In addition, 3 to 4 percent of people have chronic daily headaches.

Causes and Treatments

While there are many types and possible causes, the headaches treated by our specialists include:

  • Acute and chronic head pain
  • Chronic daily headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Intractable headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches

Among the various types of treatments provided at the WVU Headache Center are:

  • Medication
  • Botox
  • Nerve blocks
  • Trigger-point injections
  • Naturopathic treatments such as butterbur, coenzyme Q10, and magnesium

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When scans — such as MRI— or other tests are appropriate, our specialists have access to some of the world’s most advanced technology to assist with diagnosis and treatment planning.

The WVU Headache Center welcomes patients age 18 and older. Referrals from a physician are required.

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