The Headache Center was established in 1996 and organized as a multidisciplinary clinic combining neurologists board certified in Headache Medicine, child psychologist and nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat children with headache disorders. We are based within a growing academically and clinically based neurology department at Cincinnati Children’s, and we are affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology.
Since our founding, we have seen nearly 6,000 children with the complaint of headaches. A standardized diagnosis using the International Classification of Headache Disorders, Second Edition, is established using a detailed questionnaire about the child’s headache, and a computer-based database to accumulate medical information as well as response rate was designed and is continually updated. Treatment strategies include acute therapy for individual headache episodes, prophylactic therapy for preventing headache episodes and psychological intervention including biofeedback-assisted relaxation training as well as behavior adjustments. This multidisciplinary approach has been demonstrated 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.