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Headache Specialist

Michael Hutchinson, MD -  - Neurologist

New York Core Neuroscience

Michael Hutchinson, MD

Neurologist located in New York, NY

Headaches can result from a minor problem or indicate a much more serious condition. Dr. Michael Hutchinson, MD, PhD is a neurologist at New York Core Neuroscience who can diagnose, manage, and treat acute and chronic headaches, serving patients in New York, New York.

Headache Q & A

Are All Headaches the Same?

Headaches can be vascular, tension (caused by muscle contractions), traction, or inflammatory. Vascular headaches occur when blood vessels inside the head expand or contract; migraines are a classic example. Tension headaches result from excessively tight muscles in the neck and scalp. Traction headaches occur when structures in the head are affected, such as when a brain tumor grows. Inflammatory headaches include problems like sinus headaches and infections.

What About Migraines?

Migraines are a true neurological disorder that includes a number of symptoms in addition to the headache. Migraine pain is usually severe and tends to occur on one side of the head. Other symptoms include an “aura” that precedes a migraine, and may include visual disturbances like flashing lights. Other migraine symptoms can mimic a stroke: coordination and balance problems, mental confusion, or slurred speech. Some patients who have severe migraines may develop numbness and tingling in the face or extremities, muscle weakness, or even temporary paralysis.

Chronic migraines are often associated with neck pain, which is usually more on one side than the other. They can also be associated with lower thoracic muscle spasm and paraspinal pain on the same side as the neck pain, associated with scoliosis.

Dr. Hutchinson is a leading proponent of the use of botulinum for headaches as well as scoliosis.

Are There Risk Factors for Headaches?

Headaches tend to run in families, which indicates a genetic component. Being female increases the risk of developing any kind of a chronic headache. Lifestyle factors can affect headache patterns, making the headaches more severe or frequent. For example, sleep deprivation can be an issue in chronic headaches, and migraines often have food triggers. Daily or frequent headaches can coexist with depression, bipolar disorders, and anxiety.

How Are Headaches Treated?

Treatment is always dependent on the cause of the headache. For migraines, medications may be used to help prevent, as well as relieve the headache. Lifestyle management such as good sleep hygiene, dietary changes, and stress management are typically recommended. Tension headaches may respond to stress management and/or therapeutic massage. Inflammatory and traction headaches usually have a serious underlying cause like infection or brain tumor, which must be treated to relieve the headache.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Our medical practice works closely with numerous insurance carriers to ensure that our patients get the care that they need and deserve. If you have any questions or do not see your insurance carrier listed, please contact our office directly. We now accept Oscar Commercial Insurance, and effective as of October 1st, Dr. Hutchinson is in-network with HIP Medicare Advantage and HIP commercial plans.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross
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Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
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