Since our founding in 1996, the Headache Center has seen over 15,000 children, adolescents and young adults with headaches. Our multidisciplinary clinic combines the knowledge and experience of neurologists who are board certified in Headache Medicine, child psychologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social worker and medical assistants to diagnose, treat and educate children, adolescents, and young adults with headache disorders. The Headache Center is based within the Division of Neurology and Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Our multidisciplinary approach has proven to be highly effective, not only in the standard methods of measuring outcome, but also in using tools developed and validated at Cincinnati Children’s to characterize disability and quality of life.
During each clinic visit, a standardized diagnostic approach is followed that incorporates the International Classification of Headache Disorders, a detailed questionnaire about the child’s headache, and a thorough pediatric neurological, physical and headache examination. Treatment strategies include acute therapy for individual headache episodes, daily therapy for preventing headache episodes, and psychological intervention including teaching children biofeedback-assisted relaxation techniques, skills to improve coping with headache, and lifestyle adjustments.