Dr. Kimberly Sackheim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at New York University Langone Medical Center. As a post-traumatic headache specialist, she has a focus on interventional pain management of chronic headache. She is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with sub-specialties in both pain management and brain injury medicine. Her medical degree is from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Post-doctoral training took place at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr.Sackheim also had an anesthesia-based fellowship in interventional pain medicine, hospice & palliative care at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
In Part 1 of this two part series, Dr. Sackheim discusses: headache forecasting models in accurately predicting future headache activity; situations in a patient’s life that serve as useful forecasts of the onset of headache; the degree to which preexisting conditions, such as mood disorders influence the onset of a headache; diagnostic challenges involved when patients present with both headache and neck pain; whether individuals hospitalized due to a head injury are more likely to have a new onset of headaches and a worsening of pre-existing headache and persistent headache; and the role depression and anxiety play in the development of headaches.