Lancaster General Health offers comprehensive resources for the diagnosis and non-narcotic treatment of all types of headaches in adults, including migraines, tension-type headaches, cluster headaches, chronic daily headaches, and facial pain disorders.
Led by Dr. B. Lee Peterlin, one of a few fellowship-trained headache medicine specialists in the country, our headache team consists of neurologists, a clinical psychologist, physical and occupational therapists, the LG Health Sleep Medicine Center, nutrition and holistic therapy practitioners. Our focus is working with you to find the best ways to eliminate or successfully manage your headaches.
A foremost expert in the field of headache, Dr. Peterlin has performed extensive headache research, has published over 90 scientific articles, has authored several book chapters, and has lectured on the topic of headache at both national and international medical conferences. Her areas of expertise include:
- Tension-type headache
- Cluster headache
- Paroxysmal hemicrania
- Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT)
- Hemicrania continua
- Hypnic headache
- Other primary headache disorders
Treating Your Headache
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from headache and facial pain disorders. We offer a wide range of services to treat your headache, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Massage therapy
- Non-narcotic pharmacological therapy
- Botox injections
- Nerve blocks
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Dietary, stress management and other lifestyle modifications
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
On your first visit, we will review the records from your referring physician and the medical and headache history forms you submitted, and conduct a complete physical and neurological exam. This helps us develop a personalized, headache treatment plan. Our headache specialist is located at the Neuroscience Institute.
As a member of the South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition, we promote a non-narcotic policy for our headache care program. This is in keeping with the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Neurology guidelines recommending strongly against the use of narcotics for chronic non-cancer pain. In fact, science shows that any regular use of narcotics more than doubles your risk for developing chronic daily headaches. For these reasons, our headache care program does not accept any individual who is currently taking narcotics and will not prescribe narcotics for management of headaches.
Disability and Related Forms
There are over 30 million migraine sufferers in the United States. More than eight million Americans visit their doctor for headache each year. There are less than 500 headache specialists in the United States. As a result, we focus on direct patient care and do not complete disability or Family Medical Leave Act paperwork. We will work with your primary care provider and share all of your medical records as requested.