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Catherine B Ham, MD

out of 5
248 Ratings
26 Comments

Specialty

Neurology

Locations

Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center (NOW Center)
11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Department

Neurology

Education

Medical School

VCU School of Medicine

Internship

VCU Medical Center

Residency

VCU Medical Center

Fellowship

VCU Medical Center

Biography

Carrie Ham, MD

Bringing relief to long-time headache sufferers
When the VCU Health Headache Clinic opened in 2016, Dr. Carrie Ham learned quickly that it was filling a major need in helping people live better lives. Headaches are often under-diagnosed yet dramatically interfere with daily life. As the only facility of its kind in central Virginia, the Headache Clinic is part of the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center (N.O.W. Center), located in Short Pump and open to patients from around the region.

“We often treat patients who drive three-plus hours to see us, but they are willing to do it given the tremendous impact that these headaches and conditions have on their lives,” says Dr. Ham, a neurologist who specializes in treating headaches and related pain. At the Headache Clinic, she and her team locate the triggers that cause a patient to react with pain, then develop a tailored treatment plan for each person. 

“When patients first come to see me, they’ve often been suffering for some time. Headaches are very difficult to get perspective on, as they are literally ‘in your head,’” Dr. Ham says. “Many patients have anxiety and feelings of guilt at letting loved ones down due to illness. It is always hard to see that suffering, but it is awesome to be able to provide hope that things will get better with the appropriate care.”

Headaches cause sufferers to withdraw from many things they generally enjoy. In fact, headaches are the second most-disabling condition in the world, and the level of pain and related symptoms aren’t always obvious to others. The most common conditions that Dr. Ham treats are migraine headaches, tension-type headaches, neck and facial pain, and post-traumatic headaches, which include concussions. She treats men and women ages 18 and older.

At the first visit, patients can expect a thorough exam, including sharing a comprehensive health history. Depending on the symptoms and possible diagnosis, Dr. Ham and her team might order X-rays or MRI imaging or blood tests – all of which can be done on-site at the N.O.W. Center. 

Most importantly, patients often start their treatment at that initial appointment. And never have so many options been available to care for patients with headaches and related conditions. 

“It’s a very exciting time to be a headache specialist, as we have many new options – including monoclonal antibodies – that have revolutionized how we understand what causes migraines,” Dr. Ham says. When VCU Health first began offering CGRP antibodies in the mid-2018, the response was overwhelming. People were lined up waiting for this injectable medication, which is revolutionary for reducing the actual number of migraines that might occur, rather than treating symptoms after a headache already has occurred.

“People no longer have to suffer in silence,” she says. “We have many excellence therapies and treatments. Most patients have tremendous benefits over the time we provide care.”

In addition to traditional medications, the Headache Center team has expert training for specialty procedures, including nerve blocks and Onabotulinum toxin injections. The on-site infusion center offers convenient treatment for patients who might benefit from intravenous therapy. Because the N.O.W. Center takes an interdisciplinary focus on helping patients to move, the clinic also provides for physical and occupational therapy, which allows for tailored care to address underlying causes of head pain.

“I became a physician because it allows me to play a positive role in others’ lives,” she says. “I’m grateful for this opportunity every day. Most of all, I enjoy seeing patients reengage with the things they love as they feel better.”

After hours, Dr. Ham enjoys jogging along the James River with her dogs (both Samoyed breeds) and playing tennis.

Clinical and Research Interests

Electromyography, onabotulinum toxin as a migraine treatment, occipital nerve blocks

 

Locations

Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center (NOW Center)

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Ratings & Reviews

248 Ratings
26 Comments

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I love having Dr. Ham as my physician for migraines. Please do anything you can to keep her for a long time!
May 2020
Dr Ham is very knowledgeable (informing her competence), calm & pleasant. I been seeing her for a few years now & my confidence in her treatment is well-placed.
April 2020
Have recommended to many.
April 2020
Dr Ham is great!
March 2020
Dr. Ham is always busy, but still takes ample time to talk with me and to answer any questions. I am always glad to see her.
March 2020
New treatments are on the market and Dr. Ham is fully versed on all of them.
December 2019
Dr. Ham is a God send!
December 2019
Dr. Ham is amazing!!! She has almost totally gotten rid of my migraines!
November 2019
Outstanding doctor!
November 2019
Not at all empathetic.
October 2019
[...] excellent doctor.
October 2019
Dr. Ham is a lovely person. She is warm and caring, professional, always looks great in appearance. Explains things well.
August 2019
[...] pleasant and helpful physician
August 2019
She is the best - and so empathetic, as a migraine sufferer herself.
August 2019
[...] things are going very well. I can confidently state she has been compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable.
June 2019
I love Dr. Ham. She is thorough and I trust her competence. She is extremely warm and personable.
May 2019
I feel Dr. Ham is an expert in this field & makes accommodations as to my meds.
March 2019
Dr. Ham was very caring, took a lot of time with me, listened to everything and offered solutions. She was so amazing!
March 2019
she is excellent. I am so glad I found her to help with my migraines.
January 2019
she is by far the best - most intelligent, considerate up - to - date on novel treatments.
December 2018
I always look forward to my visit, she cares and very professional with a great, great big smile.
November 2018
Dr. Ham needs to make eye contact w/patients, she seems intelligent
September 2018
Dr. Ham is outstanding - very professional
September 2018
i came in very anxious about some results and left with relief. despite how busy she probably was, dr ham made me feel like the only patient in the world. she went over my results in detail and expressed genuine interest in making sure I knew that she cared. being able to have so much confidence in my dr means the world to me.
August 2018
Recommended her to my sister [...].
July 2018
Very thankful I happened across Dr. Ham in directory.
July 2018