Headaches or migraines impact more than 15% of Americans aged 18 years or older. The pain can be incredibly debilitating and is considered to be one of the main causes of disability, according to the CDC. The new Headache & Wellness Center of Southwest Louisiana, located at 803 W. Bayou Pines, Suite B, in Lake Charles, has opened to provide a personalized, therapeutic approach for those who suffer from headaches. It is the only comprehensive headache center in the region.
Darci Portie, APRN-FNPC, founder of the Center says although most headaches are not life-threatening, they can be life-altering. “Migraines and chronic headaches can cause great discomfort and dramatically impair a person’s ability to participate fully in their life. We felt there was an unmet need in Southwest Louisiana for headache sufferers and we wanted to provide a centralized location for a more specialized approach to the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment that will help these individuals get back full enjoyment of their lives.”
Portie says they take a multi-therapy approach to treatment that includes evaluation of symptoms, non-medical therapies, lifestyle adjustments and alternative treatments. “Our goal is to help our patients with every aspect of headache relief, through all stages of care: diagnosis, personalized treatment plan and follow-up care. We’ll work with multiple healthcare professionals, as needed, to provide complete care. We’ll customize a treatment approach for each patient that may sometimes connect more than one therapy option.”
She explains that just as there are many different types and causes of headaches, so too are there different treatment approaches. “What works for one patient may not be the best option for another. That’s where the personalization comes in. Instead of following the same treatment path for every patient, we tailor a treatment plan for each person. We pride ourselves on this patient-centered approach, where education and communication are key.”
Treatment options available at the Headache & Wellness Center include non-pharmacological therapies, acute medication for symptom reduction, preventive medications, outpatient medication management, CGRP monoclonal antibodies, medical Botox and more. Established patients are able to receive care for refractory headaches in office, avoiding long waits at other types of medical care centers.
In addition to comprehensive headache treatment, the Center also offers a wide range of wellness services and infusion therapies for health promotion. These include vitamins, nutrition, anti-aging, skin care and more. Portie says the Center will also provide other wellness-related services such as sleep apnea discussions, mammogram referrals, sports physicals and some vaccinations. “We are happy to discuss a wide range of wellness topics,” adds Portie. “We want our patients to experience care that helps the whole body, not just a single problem.”
The Headache & Wellness Center accepts patients without a referral and provides treatment for ages 18 and older at this time.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 337-508-2333, visit www.headacheandwellness.com or the Center’s Facebook page.