The advanced headache and migraine treatments offered at Salinas Valley Medical Clinic have long time headache and migraine sufferers finding relief from their pain and talking about how their lives have changed. Watch patient testimonials below, including some stories featured on the local news.
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"Severe migraine treatments offered at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital"
"New migraine treatment available on Central Coast"
An estimated 36 million Americans suffer with migraine headaches. Anyone who suffers knows migraine headaches are painful. These intense headaches can cause nausea, vomiting, vision changes, dizziness and sensitivity to sounds, smells and light, among other things. If you suffer from episodic migraines, the headache and symptoms may only occur a few days a month, or even less. If you suffer from chronic migraines, however, the symptoms may occur 15 days or more each month. Not only can migraines be debilitating, they can be difficult to treat.
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in conjunction with Salinas Valley Medical Clinic is offering patients a comprehensive treatment plan for relief from their pain, aimed at migraine, but also treating other headache subtypes.
Harvard-trained neurologist Patricia Scripko, MD at Salinas Valley Medical Clinic is providing the region with a state of the art headache treatment program, one that includes outpatient services and an intensive inpatient infusion program specifically designed to treat migraines and monitor a patient during treatment. Dr. Scripko offers individualized care and considers a wide variety of treatment options. Her approach examines a patient's headache history, migraine triggers and options for relief which can include medications, nerve blocks, botox, diet, stress reduction, nutraceuticals (vitamins, herbs and minerals), and the use of external, non-invasive devices that modulate brain and nerve activity.
One aspect to Dr. Scripko's regimen is to get patients off of the routine medication they are currently using to treat their symptoms. Many medications used for headaches worsen the headaches if they are taken too often. Although most patients do well with an outpatient plan alone, some patients require inpatient admission to establish a clean slate and get back to their "migraine baseline." Similarly, some patients with daily headache require inpatient headache treatment, even when they are not overusing medications.
Dr. Scripko is successfully offering an inpatient infusion program to bring relief to patients with daily headache. The protocol requires a commitment of five days in the hospital where medicine is delivered three times a day through an IV. The majority of patients who are identified for inpatient infusion see a significant relief from their headaches and often become headache free.
Patricia D. Scripko, MD
Education: Master’s degree, Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, OH
Medical degree, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, OH
Internship/Residency: Partners Neurology; Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Patricia D. Scripko, MD joined Salinas Valley Medical Clinic and the medical staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in August 2014. She is a neurologist specializing in the treatment of headaches, traumatic brain injuries and concussions. Dr. Scripko participates in multiple medical and scientific societies including the American Headache Society, American Academy of Neurology and American Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Scripko earned her medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. During her time at Case Western, she also earned a master’s degree in bioethics, presenting her thesis at Oxford University. She completed her residency with Partners Neurology; Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.
Patients and physicians interested in learning more can contact Salinas Valley Medical Clinic.
1033 Los Palos Drive, Suite A
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone (831) 757-2058
Fax (831) 757-0232