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UVM Medical Center - South Prospect, Burlington

Neurology - 1 South Prospect Street

 (802) 847-2461

1 South Prospect Street
Arnold, Level 2
Burlington, VT 05401-5505

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Headache is pain anywhere on the head. Everyone suffers from headaches from time to time, and not all of them require medical attention. However, headaches can serve as warning signals of more serious disorders.

Headache: What You Need to Know


Our team uses the latest, most advanced technology to treat headaches. You will benefit from our advanced facility that includes a nationally accredited non-invasive diagnostic laboratory, where we perform sophisticated imaging tests such as CT scans or MRI of the head.

Personalized Care

There are a wide range of types of headaches. Our job is to focus on you to determine what is causing your pain and to help you feel better faster.

Experienced, Trusted Expertise

The University of Vermont Medical Group's Headache Clinic offers specialists in headache diagnosis and treatment. Areas of expertise include migraine headaches, atypical vascular headaches and other facial pains.

What is a Headache?

Headaches may be in one spot on the head, spread out, or feel like someone is squeezing your head from both sides. The pain may be sharp, dull or throbbing. Sometimes a headache comes on gradually; sometimes suddenly, and they may last less than an hour or for several days.

Patients experiencing recurring headaches or migraine headaches, characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head, an upset stomach and at times disturbed vision, should seek treatment.

There are two main types of headaches and they are typically classified by cause:

Primary headaches

  • Migraine headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Tension headaches (also called tension-type headaches)
  • Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC), including cluster headache and paroxysmal hemicranias
  • Chronic daily headaches
  • Cough headaches
  • Exercise headaches
  • Hypnic headaches: headaches that wake you up at night
  • Sex headaches

Secondary headaches

Some primary headaches can be caused by lifestyle factors, including:

  • Alcohol, particularly red wine
  • Certain foods, such as processed meats that contain nitrates
  • Sleep changes or lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Skipping meals
  • Stress

Headache Diagnosis and Treatment

The University of Vermont Medical Group's Headache Clinic at The UVM Medical Center provides specialty evaluation and care of patients with headaches. Specific areas of interest include migraine headaches, atypical vascular headaches and other facial pains. A wide range of therapeutic options are available in the management of migraine.

The UVM Medical Center's physicians are highly trained in diagnosing and treating headaches. Our knowledgeable doctors use advanced technology to treat headaches on a regular basis.

Learn more about headache diagnosis and treatments.

For more information, call 802-847-4589.

Peter M. Bingham, MD
Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
Edward G. Boyer, MD
Clinical Neurophysiology
Christopher S. Commichau, MD
Vascular Neurology
Deborah G. Hirtz, MD
Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
Gregory L. Holmes, MD
Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology
Joseph W. McSherry, MD, PhD
Clinical Neurophysiology
Argirios Moustakas, MD
Clinical Neurophysiology
Keith J. Nagle, MD
Clinical Neurophysiology
William W. Pendlebury, MD
Lisa A. Rasmussen, MD
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Danilo Vitorovic, MD
Clinical Neurophysiology
Waqar Waheed, MD
Neuromuscular Medicine