Joseph D. Fortin, D.O. -  - Interventional Pain Management

Spine Technology and Rehabilitation

Joseph D. Fortin, D.O.

Interventional Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Specialist located in Fort Wayne, IN

Headaches are one of the most common reasons people call out sick from work and visit their doctor. Though most people relieve their headaches with over-the-counter medication and rest, some people suffer from ongoing head pain that interferes with their daily lives. Joseph Fortin, DO, at Spine Technology and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, understands that not all headaches are the same. He uses advanced tools and techniques to determine the cause of your headaches so he can provide the most effective treatment. To get relief from your headaches, call the office or book online today.


What are headaches?

In general, headaches are a condition that causes pain in your head and/or face. Headaches are very common and affect almost everyone at some point in their life.

For most people, headaches cause mild to moderate discomfort that improves with over-the-counter pain medication. However, some people suffer moderate to severe head pain that doesn’t improve with at-home care.

What causes headaches?

Headaches can develop from many causes. Researchers are still trying to fully understand how headaches develop.

Your brain and skull don’t contain nerves that transmit pain. Other tissues in your head sense the pain. These tissues are:

  • Blood vessels
  • Muscles
  • Facial nerves
  • Scalp
  • Sinuses
  • Teeth
  • Joints in your mouth and neck


Dr. Fortin is a pain detective. He works with many health care professionals, including your dentist, orthodontist, and primary care physician, to find the cause of your head pain.


When should I seek medical help for my headaches?

Though you might be able to relieve your headache with at-home care, you should seek medical help if your:

  • Head pain is severe
  • Headaches are chronic or frequent
  • At-home care no longer relieves your headaches
  • Pain is located in your face and is triggered when you eat or brush your teeth
  • Headache causes eye pain and tearing
  • Headache affects your sleeping or wakes you up at night
  • Pain has gotten worse over time


You could also benefit from an evaluation by Dr. Fortin at Spine Technology and Rehabilitation for your headaches if your pain affects your daily life, making it hard for you to go to work or spend time with friends and family.

What happens during a headache evaluation?

Dr. Fortin conducts a thorough evaluation that can include:

  • Review of medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Diagnostic imaging (X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI)
  • Selective craniofacial and craniocervical image-guided nerve blocks


The goal of your evaluation is to find the root cause of your headaches.

How are headaches treated?

Dr. Fortin develops a personalized treatment plan to ease your headache pain based on their underlying cause. Treatment can include:

  • Image-guided anti-inflammatory injections
  • Stereotactic radiofrequency ablation of craniofacial and craniocervical nerves
  • Physical therapy
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Lifestyle changes


Dedicated to improving your overall health and wellness, Dr. Fortin schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor you and your health.

Headaches are common but don’t all have the same underlying cause. To get the answers and relief you need, contact Spine Technology and Rehabilitation by phone or online today.