Headache and Facial Pain Clinic

The Stanford Headache and Facial Pain Clinic treats all types of headaches including migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, hypnic headaches and cluster headaches.

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Headaches

Frequently Asked Questions

The method of treatment used at the Stanford Headache and Facial Pain clinic is a philosophy of headache care. The FAQ attempts to answer the most common questions about best to utilize the treatment method.

What method of treatment does the Headache Clinic use?

Our method of treatment is an approach to headache care that is based on the assumption that there are certain principles shared by all headache sufferers and that when these principles are applied to the specifics of an individual's headache situation, certain treatment options become obvious, and when implemented, prove more effective than any other single approach.

Does the Headache and Facial Pain Clinic prescribe medications?

For the majority of headache sufferers, prescription medications are part of the plan. But this is not true for all headache sufferers. The treatment method at the Headache and Facial Pain Clinic puts a great deal of emphasis on lifestyle modifications, but to be sure, the method uses every tool in the box, including prescription medications, alternative therapies, complementary medicine, and basic science research. Which elements become part of a specific plan depends on the patient.

Do I need to pay to visit the Headache and Facial Pain Clinic?

There is a wealth of information on the Stanford Headache and Facial Pain Clinic website. However, should you wish to see our at the Headache clinic, there is a charge and we will work with you and your insurance carrier.

Can I get specific recommendations about my headaches?

While the site is happy to answer general questions about headache, for specific treatment recommendations you need to be evaluated by a headache specialist. This can happen at the Headache and Facial Pain Clinic or at a variety of other headache centers across the country.

Does the treatment method utilize alternative and complementary medicine?

The treatment method takes a very practical view of headache and focuses on prevention, lifestyle changes, physical therapy, stress management, nutritional counseling and planning for immediate response with appropriate medication when a headache occurs. We discuss any and every modality available to the headache community including herbal and non-prescription supplements, acupuncture, yoga, physical therapy, biofeedback, and cognitive therapies.

Does the Headache and Facial Pain Clinic endorse products or get paid to promote certain medications or treatments?

No.

Does the Headache and Facial Pain Clinic accept insurance?

Yes. We will work with your insurance company to secure authorization prior to your visit. If authorization not obtained prior to clinic visit, you will be required to pay.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

For Patients

We will work with your insurance company to secure authorization prior to your visit. If we do not have authorization before your visit, you will be required to pay.

Please confirm the location of your appointment as our doctors see patients in multiple locations.

PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

Return the completed headache history form at least one week prior to your first appointment.

Your first clinic visit may last up to three hours.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

For Health Care Professionals

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811 
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TRANSFER CENTER

Phone: 1-800-800-1551,  24 hours - 7 days a week

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

HOW TO REFER

Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

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