About Tension Headaches
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Stress and muscle spasms are often contributors to these headaches. Tension headaches typically don't cause nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light as do migraine headaches. Instead, most patients report a deep constant ache or tightness in their neck, forehead or temples that occurs on both sides of their head. The exact mechanism that causes a tension headache is unknown but several factors, such as genetics, diet, lifestyle and your environment, are thought to be involved.
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Symptoms of Tension Headaches
These are common symptoms of a tension headache:
- Slow onset of the headache
- Headache is usually on both sides of your head
- Pain is described as a dull, deep, band or tightness around your head
- Pain may radiate to the back part of your neck or bilateral shoulders
- Pain can vary intensity from mild to moderate, and in some cases become severe
Treatments for Tension Headaches
At Ospina Medical, we personalize our approach to treating tension headaches. Our specialists take into account your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history to come up with a multimodal treatment regimen. The type of treatment we recommend will vary from patient to patient, but we prefer a conservative, minimally invasive approach without using narcotics to control tension headaches. Treatments may include trigger point injections, facet joint injections, biofeedback, physical therapy and/or lifestyle modifications to help reduce your pain. If you suffer from chronic tension headaches, you may even be a candidate for Regenexx regenerative medicine treatments. We utilize platelet-rich plasma, platelet lysate, and if needed, bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells to help heal damaged tissue.
If you have experienced ongoing tension headaches and are interested to learn more about Regenexx, please book a consultation with our experienced providers today. Our physicians will actively listen to your concerns and work with you to find a treatment option to improve your symptoms. Contact Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan to schedule your appointment today!