Headache disorders are the most prevalent of the neurological conditions and among the most frequent of medical complaints seen in general practice. This programme provides the student with the opportunity to examine and evaluate the issues related to these conditions, and the application of appropriate principles, diagnosis and management of headache in clinical practice.
The aim of this course is to make you aware of some of the treatments that can be offered to the headache patient. The course is fully online and runs for five weeks.
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The content of the course has been chosen and structured to develop your understanding of some of the treatment methods available for headache disorders. The course will detail the main medications commonly used and will introduce you to alternative forms of treatment such as biofeedback and manual therapy.
You will study pharmacologic interventions for headache and learn that they are divided into two major groups: acute and preventive. Acute medications are utilized to reverse the attack of headache once it has started, to relieve pain, and to restore function. Preventive medications are taken on a daily basis, whether or not headache is present, to prevent future attacks or to reduce the frequency of attacks. In other words, acute medications alter individual attacks of headache while preventive medications change the pattern of headache.
Everyone with headache seeking care needs some form of acute treatment. For patients with severe or frequent headache, both acute and preventive treatments are often used in concert.
The material will discuss the following:
- Acute and preventative methods of treatment
- Headache triggers
- Choosing the correct drug for the right headache and when to use it
- Introduction to care strategies
- Individualising care
- Introduction to manual therapy
By the end of the course you will be better able to:
- Understand if a patient should be receiving preventative treatments in conjunction with acute forms of treatment
- Be able to recognise if the patient has been provided with an appropriate treatment plan to match their headache condition
- Be able to advise the patient if he/she is taking the treatments properly
- Recognise that pharmacologic therapy is not the only form of treatment available