A band of dull pain is often used to describe a tension headache. As the most common type of headaches for adults, tension-type headaches are caused by a wide variety of physical and emotional issues. Up to 80% of adults are affected by tension headaches, but most people experience them infrequently and for short durations. Tension headaches can become chronic, occurring 15 or more times per month over several months or longer. If you suffer from chronic tension headaches, our team at Medici Spine & Pain can help create a treatment plan for head pain relief.
Tension headaches may be a result of physical or emotional stress. Overexertion, mentally or physically, can result in head pain. Tension headaches are different than migraines, even when they are frequent or chronic. While migraines are throbbing and cause other symptoms, like nausea and light/sound sensitivity, tension headaches are localized to the head. Constant pressure or dull pain that can be located anywhere on the head is common for tension headaches.
Treating Chronic Tension-Type Headaches
Most occasional tension headaches can be effectively treated with OTC pain medications. When tension headaches become more frequent over a longer period of time, professional treatment may be needed. At Medici Spine & Pain, we always evaluate our patients with tension headaches for underlying causes that could be triggering head pain. If a source is found, we treat the cause to prevent tension headaches.
Even when the cause of tension headaches is unknown, there are effective options to control and limit the pain. Our experts can recommend a treatment plan to manage chronic headaches and give you relief. Stretches, exercises, medication management, injections and other treatment options are available to help you manage your chronic headache pain.
If tension headaches are impacting your quality of life, contact Medici Spine & Pain today to schedule your consultation. We have convenient locations in the greater Atlanta area for headache pain management.