Headache Treatment

Innovative Headache and Migraine Treatment

The Norton Neuroscience Institute team treats more patients for headache and migraine than any other health care provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana. We are at the forefront of adopting new headache and migraine treatments and researching new medications. We’re dedicated to a comprehensive approach to help patients get rid of their headaches and migraine, and treat and manage their symptoms so they can enjoy a better quality of life.

Our team includes two board-certified headache medicine physicians and advanced practice providers who are certified by the National Headache Foundation.

Our headache and migraine specialists use the latest medications and devices for treating headache disorders:

Noninvasive Neuromodulation Devices

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Magnets create a mild electrical current to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. By calming overactive brain activity, the treatment may provide migraine relief.
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). A handheld device that releases a mild electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve in the neck has been shown to provide acute relief.

Research has shown that activity of the CGRP molecule spikes during migraine attacks and other headaches. By blocking the increased activity, research has shown CGRP treatment can prevent headaches.


Botox injections work to paralyze muscles in the head and provide relief from some types of headaches.


Infusions can help rid the body of toxicity related to medication overuse and relieve some types of headaches.


Local anesthetic injections can help relieve headache pain.

Nerve Blocks

Pain originating from the occipital nerve in the base of the skull may benefit from a local anesthetic injection.

Meet Our Headache Team

Care That’s Focused on You

It’s part of Norton Neuroscience Institute’s goal to care for the whole person, not just the condition.

  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Centers offer ways to improve your access to care, provide valuable information on managing your disease and address your quality of life issues. The Norton Healthcare Foundation funds this important service, so patients don’t need to pay.
  • Dedicated patient navigators can help schedule follow-up appointments, coordinate prescription assistance, create customized diet plans and provide guidance on disability benefits, housing, financial and employment concerns and more.
  • Patients can access support groups, exercise classes and other educational events to connect with others and learn how to make the most of life while managing a neurological condition. 
  • Access an on-demand video library of educational content across a variety of condition-related topics is available.
  • We want to help prevent illness. Get help quitting smoking and learn the signs of stroke.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free Norton MyChart account.

A Louisville Leader in Neurological Care

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek their neurology and neurosurgery care from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized specialists than any other providers in the area.

Your Norton Neuroscience Institute medical provider has the expertise, experience, diagnostic tools and sophisticated treatments to provide care tailored to your needs.

  • More than 75 medical, surgical and research specialists are dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • Advanced, minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment can speed your recovery and minimize pain.
  • Multidisciplinary clinics provide easy access to care in one convenient appointment for your neurological condition, with specialists in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics and behavioral health.
  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals in Louisville are certified by DNV, recognizing excellence and expertise in stroke care.
    • Norton Brownsboro Hospital is recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
    • Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital are Primary Stroke Centers.
    • Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital is an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute is at the forefront of neuroscientific research. As investigators on numerous trials, our physicians contribute to groundbreaking studies and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Also, patients may be eligible to take part in these experimental treatments.
    Learn more about current neuroscience clinical trials and studies.
  • The American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines stroke care program has recognized all four of Norton Healthcare’s adult service-hospitals in Louisville for exceeding national averages in getting patients in the door and administering lifesaving treatment to restore blood flow to the brain.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute’s multiple sclerosis (MS) program has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has recognized Norton Neuroscience Institute as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, providing the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and ways to manage their disease.
  • We are listed by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 great neurosurgery and spine programs.

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