Care Pathway for the Management of Chronic Tension-type Headaches

Adults with chronic tension-type headaches (>6 months duration)

Including:

  • Tension-type headaches in adults of >6 months duration​​​​​. See other care pathways for managing episodic tension-type and cervicogenic headaches.

At initial contact, educate and reassure the patient that chronic tension-type headaches should resolve within a few months of symptom onset. Patients greatly improve their recovery by actively participating in their care. 

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Management of Symptoms

 

Based on shared decision making between the patient and provider, any one of the following therapeutic interventions is recommended:

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Discharge

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Discharge

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