Jefferson University Hospitals

Comprehensive Treatments

Inpatient Headache Treatment

The goal of inpatient treatment is to stop your headache cycle. To do this, you will be given intravenous medications along with continuous IV fluids. We use a team approach to treatment.

Your treatment team includes your attending physician, the nurse coordinator, a neurology resident, a psychologist, a psychiatrist and the unit nurses. Other team members may include a physical therapist, dietitian and medical students. These professionals work together to ensure that you receive comprehensive treatment according to your care needs.

Outpatient Headache Treatment

During your initial visit, a registered nurse will conduct your interview and document your detailed and comprehensive medical history. You will then have a psychological evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist associated with the Center.

Patients with severe headaches often must cope with unusual amounts of stress, depression and anxiety. Therefore, the evaluation is a key component to the proper diagnosis, treatment and management of headache.

You will then be seen by one of our physicians who will conduct your comprehensive headache evaluation, which combines your interview, psychological evaluation and the physician's exam to develop a treatment and management plan specifically for you.

Infusion Treatment for Headaches

This treatment is reserved for people with severe headaches that have lasted several days with no relief, or for people who have chronic headache and require more aggressive treatment than can be administered in an office or at home.

At the first visit to the Bodine Infusion Unit, the nurse will complete a history of your medical, social and psychological needs. You will be in the Unit for about 5 to 6 hours, depending on your treatment.