Medical management of posttraumatic headaches: Pharmacological and physical treatment

Kathleen R. Bell, Eric E. Kraus, Nathan D. Zasler

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Posttraumatic headache can be a very difficult syndrome to manage, especially if chronic. As with most other types of headache, medications are the primary treatment modality, although there is very limited evidence-based data to support any given approach. A number of physical interventions also are available to be used in conjunction with medication, particularly for headaches with a musculoskeletal component. This article will review the general principles of pharmacological treatment for headache and the physical approach to treatment of headaches and head and facial pain. The major categories of medications commonly used for treatment of many varieties of headache will he discussed. In addition, the problems encountered in diagnosing and treating chronic daily headache and analgesic rebound headache are addressed. The approach to treatment of such syndromes as myofascial pain, cervico-zygapophyseal joint pain, neuritic pain, and craniocervical somatic pain are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1999


  • Headache
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Posttraumatic headache

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology


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