Common Headache Types

Follow the links to learn more about the most common headache types and treatments.

Migraine Headache

Over 16% of American adults suffers from migraines. Migraine attacks cause debilitating headaches which may include nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.


Tension Headache

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They are characterized by a mild to moderate pain across the forehead. Many effective treatments are available for alleviating tension headaches.


Cluster Headache

Cluster headaches are named for their tendencies to occur in patterns of weeks or months. The headaches appear at least once a day for fifteen minutes to two hours, before disappearing completely during "remission periods."


TMJ Headache

"TMJ" refers to the temporomandibular joint, which allows for movement of the jawbone. The joint is located on both sides of the head under the ears. TMJ pain arises from problems with the joint, jaw, or facial muscles brought on by arthritis, injury, or misuse of the joint (teeth grinding or clenching).


Rebound Headache

Rebound headaches are brought on by repeated use of headache medication. The duration and frequency of this type of headache depends on the type of medication being used, and how often it is taken.


Occipital Headache

"Occipital Neuralgia" refers to the neurological condition that affects the occipital nerves, or the nerves along the neck. The symptoms of occipital neuralgia are similar to those of a migraine, due to the intensity of the headache.


Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headaches arise from structural problems in either the neck or head. They begin when the muscles in the neck undergo trauma or repeated stress. Cervicogenic headaches display symptoms similar to those present with migraines and tension headaches.


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