Migraines and Headaches in Northern Illinois


Neuro & Headache Center
1340 Charles Street, #400
Rockford, IL 61104

Help for Headaches

We believe our medical care shouldn’t be a headache. Experts say more than 45 million Americans – including 20 percent of teens and children – are affected by recurring, chronic headaches. There are about 150 types of headaches. They can be caused by a variety of factors, such as diet, stress and circulatory issues. Most fall into one of several broad headache categories:


Characterized by intense throbbing pain and sensitivity to light and sound, migraines can be disabling. They often begin in childhood or adolescent and can be triggered by hormones, certain foods, bright lights and strong smells.

Cluster headaches

One of the most painful type of headache, cluster headaches tend to occur in patterns lasting weeks or months. Sufferers can then remain headache free for months or even years. Pain is severe on one side of the head, usually around the eye, and can last minutes or hours.

Tension headaches 

The most common headache, tension headaches can be mild, moderate or intense. Symptoms include pain on both sides of the head or neck. The pain is often described as the sensation of having a tight band around the head. 

Sinus headaches

Symptoms of a sinus headache include facial pain or pressure, nasal and sinus congestion. Other types of headaches are often mistaken for sinus headaches, so it’s important to have an evaluation to make sure your sinus headache isn’t actually a migraine.

Finding Relief for Your Family

At the SwedishAmerican Neuro & Headache Center, we have helped many people who have not been able to find relief through other headache treatments. 

Here, you’ll find an entire team of headache specialists who identify and treat the many potential causes of your headaches. Our team includes neurosurgeons, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants - and a board-certified headache specialist.

Headache Assessment and Treatment

Whether you have recently developed headaches or have been suffering for years, the first step is a headache assessment. We’ll identify the type of headache you are suffering from and develop treatment focused on one thing: providing you with relief. The best treatment depends on the specific type of headache you have, and may include medication, diet modification, lifestyle change and stress management.