Doctors who specialize in treating head pain, such as chronic migraines, are out with a list of five procedures and treatments they think have risks or costs that may outweigh the benefits.
The American Headache Society’s list is part of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign that has seen cancer doctors, eye doctors and chest surgeons naming the overused or unproven practices their peers should avoid and patients should question.
The newest Choosing Wisely list was published Thursday in the journal Headache.
“The article and recommendations identify situations that are felt by experts to be cases where patients and doctors should think very carefully before they decide to use that particular treatment or intervention,” said Dr. Elizabeth Loder, an author of the new recommendations.
Loder is the president of the American Headache Society, and chief of the Division of Headache and Pain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.