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Headache Program

Not every headache requires a visit to the doctor. But recurring headaches and migraines can interfere with your work, daily activities and life with family and friends.

The Headache Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center specializes in treating patients with chronic headaches, including migraines. Our goal is to understand the cause of your headache and help alleviate your pain, so you can get back to living your life.

Headache Program: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Specialized expertise: Our skilled neurologists have the experience and expertise to identify the origin of your headache, its common triggers and different treatment options.
  • Collaborative, personalized care: Our team of experts develop a tailored care plan to meet your individual needs. We work with your primary care provider to review your medical records and coordinate referrals.
  • Recognized leader: U.S. News & World Report ranks Vanderbilt Neurology and Neurosurgery among the top programs in the country. We are the #1 adult hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville.
  • Innovative research and clinical trials: Our researchers are at the forefront of discovering new and more effective approaches to care. You may have access to clinical trials (research studies) investigating new approaches to care before they are widely available. 

Headache Program: Conditions We Treat

Headache Program: Tests We Offer

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 

Headache Program: Treatments

  • Prescription medications: We review medication treatment options with you, which may include medications to treat and prevent your headaches.
  • Lifestyle changes: Our team can help you identify common triggers for your headache and incorporate lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise. These changes can help reduce the frequency of your headaches.
  • Botulinum toxin injections: We administer these shots to the front and back of your head and neck. These injections may help decrease migraine frequency and pain.
  • Neurostimulation devices: Our team can place electrical or magnetic stimulation devices on your forehead to help reduce headache pain.
  • Occipital nerve block: This is an injection performed at the back of the head to alleviate pain due to occipital neuralgia or migraine. 

Headache Program: Locations

Vanderbilt Neurology
1301 Medical Center Dr., Suite 3930
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-0060
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Vanderbilt Neurology Franklin
2105 Edward Curd Lane, Suite B100
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 791-1987
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Vanderbilt Neurology Lebanon
1420 W. Baddour Parkway, Suite 200
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 443-9970
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Vanderbilt Neurology One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 24100
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 936-0060
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Meet Your Headache Care Team