How Concussion and Head Injuries Lead to Migraine

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Key Questions
  • What are some of the common causes of a head injury?
  • What are the symptoms of a head injury?
  • How do you know when you should seek medical attention?
  • If someone has migraine and then has a concussion, is there a way that they can distinguish between the two?
  • What is the relationship between concussion and migraine?
  • Can having migraine make you more vulnerable to having a concussion, and does having a concussion make you more vulnerable to having migraine?
  • How do you treat concussion?
  • Does the treatment change for people who have preexisting migraine?
  • Does wearing hard helmets or soft helmets help prevent concussion?
Interview Notes

Mia T. Minen, MD, MPH, FAHS

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Mia T. Minen, MD, MPH, FAHS, is a board-certified headache specialist who treats a wide variety of conditions, including migraine, tension-type headaches, cluster headaches, and postconcussive and postsurgical headaches. Treatment may include the use of medications, but Dr. Minen has a particular interest in nonpharmacologic therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, relaxation, sleep assessments, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction assessments.

Dr. Minen’s research interests revolve around improving the diagnosis and treatment of people with migraine by doctors in various medical specialties, including emergency medicine, primary care, psychiatry, and other specialty areas. She is also interested in headaches that are associated with behavioral and psychiatric problems, as well as in headache education.

Dr. Minen has published numerous research articles and lectured at annual meetings, including those of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Headache.

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