Skip Navigation
Search Menu
Neurology and Neurosurgery

In This Section      
Print This Page

Tension Headache

What is a Tension-Type Headache?

By far the most common type of headaches, tension-type headaches are often not severe enough to warrant neurological referral. Typically a dull pressure or band-like pain of mild to moderate intensity, these headaches seldom come with the other disabling symptoms found in more “serious” headaches such as migraines. Contrary to their name, they are not caused by stress or over-activity of “tight” muscles.

Most people with tension-type headaches are able to carry on with their daily activities despite their symptoms, treating them with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen. If they are frequent or severe, they are sometimes treated with some of the same preventative strategies and treatments used for migraines.

Request an Appointment

Maryland Patients

If you have questions or want to request an appointment, call 410-550-ACHE (2243).
Request an Appointment

Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


Traveling for Care?

Whether you're crossing the country or the globe, we make it easy to access world-class care at Johns Hopkins.

Outside of Maryland (toll free)

Request an Appointment
Medical Concierge Services

International Patients

Request an Appointment
Medical Concierge Services

blue suitcase