The Symptoms of a Tension Headache

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses tension headaches, diagnosis and common treatment options.

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Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses tension headaches, diagnosis and common treatment options.
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Featuring Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto , Ontario Duration: 1 minute, 18 seconds Video Title: The Symptoms of a Tension Headache

The vast majority of people who have headaches have tension headaches, where most people think tension means tension as in stress emotionally.

And although that can have an effect on how you feel, when a physician uses the term tension headache, what we mean is tension in the muscles in and around the head. So it's actually a muscular condition.

Oftentimes those types of headaches will respond well to things like medication including anti-inflammatories and pain killers. But what we find is that there are a lot of patients who have those headaches as a result of tension in the neck. So that tension in the muscles and the joints of the neck leads to tension in the muscles in and around the head.

That type of headache typically is described like a squeezing or like a vice grip that goes all around the head. It's not usually associated with phenomena like nausea or vomiting or changes in vision. With those types of symptoms we have to be more concerned about other kinds of headache. And that certainly requires the assessment of a physician.

If you have other questions about tension headache or you think you may have tension headache, there are lots of health professionals that can be helpful in reducing the stress that is in the muscles and in the joints of the neck.

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Presenter: Dr. Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

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