Kiel Headache and Pain Centre: Outline

Kiel Headache and Pain Centre: Insight

Integrated and coordinated multimodal therapy

The Kiel Headache and Pain Centre offers the most up-to-date international treatment standards for chronic pain. Start the video to learn more about the treatments offered and to hear some feedback from our patients.
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Kiel Headache and Pain Centre

In order to further improve treatment in the future, our scientific focus rests on the diagnosis, treatment and research of neurological pain disorder, migraine and other headaches.
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Competence centre for cluster headache

Cluster headache is regarded as one of the most severe pain disorders known to mankind. Shooting attacks of pain that last 15 to 180 minutes appear up to eight times per day and cause unilateral severe pain in the region of the eyes, the forehead, or the temple.
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Areas of focus

All forms of primary and secondary headaches, acute and chronic forms as well as their complications.
Primary and symptomatic head and facial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, all forms of facial pain.
Nerve root irritations, pain after an intervertebral disk operation, diseases of the spinal column.
All forms of pain due to diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. Posttraumatic headaches, pain due to whiplash injury, pain due to axonal injury.
Integrated care means that the treatment is no longer limited by the boundaries of a specific discipline. Also, the separation of outpatient as well as inpatient treatment is abandoned. Healthcare professionals work together to provide the patient’s treatment with the most up-to-date, scientific approaches. Outpatient and inpatient treatments are matched as necessary.

Kiel Headache and Pain Centre

The Kiel Headache and Pain Centre was established as a scientific pilot project by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Göbel in 1997, and is contractually supported by AOK health insurance. Together with Techniker Krankenkasse health insurance, this concept was adapted for nationwide healthcare provision. Also, an innovative outpatient – inpatient treatment network was initiated comprising more than 400 pain therapists. Today, the Kiel Headache and Pain Centre acts as a nationwide centre in multimodal pain therapy, offering streamlined treatment plans as well as close links with regional pain therapists in outpatient centres and hospitals. In our hospital we treat more than 1,500 patients each year from all federal counties in Germany, out of which about a quarter lives in the county of Schleswig-Holstein. At the end of 2013, the Kiel Headache and Pain Centre was officially acknowledged in the hospital necessity plan (Krankenhausbedarfsplan), meaning that all our patients can now receive inpatient care.
Our treatment concept focuses on neurological pain disorders, such as migraine, chronic headaches and other pain disorders that stem from diseases of the nervous system. These count to the ten disorders that burden our everyday life the most. At the same time they are also among the three most expensive neurological disorders, besides dementia and stroke. Their tendency for chronification is intensified through traditional sectoral healthcare provision with its medical field boundaries.
Our focus is on multimodal pain therapy, encompassing the consequent multidisciplinary application of international scientific knowledge streamlined to patients needs alongside indication-specific cooperation with specialised pain specialists in the nationwide treatment network. Our aim is it to achieve sustainable pain alleviation, improve quality of life, and to restore the ability to work again. The Kiel Headache and Pain Centre received multiple awards for its innovative treatment concept, including the award for the best realisation of integrated healthcare provision in Germany. The patient satisfaction rates are constantly high. This, we are told by our patients first hand, and additionally by our health insurance companies.
We want to make available the most up-to-date national and international knowledge about the treatment of chronic pain to our current and future patients, and thereby respond to the needs of human beings who must deal with chronic pain. Furthermore, we conduct research in order to consistently acquire more knowledge about neurological pain disorders, migraine and other forms of headaches, which leads to continuous improvement of current and future therapies. The cooperation with innovative health insurance companies and pain specialists enables outstanding progress in the provision of treatment nationwide and globally. These standards must be maintained and further expanded.

Numbers and facts

Patient satisfaction rates 96%
Restoring the ability to work 82%
Origin of nationwide patients / Foreign countries 75%
Average cost reduction 35%


Painkillers per day in Germany
Migraine attacks per day in Germany
Millions of Euros per year in Europe
The different forms of headaches