Primary headache - Giresh Kanji

Date Published: 
Monday, December 4, 2017

Dr Giresh Kanji talks about the diagnosis and management of primary headache in general practice. Giresh Kanji Is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a musculoskeletal pain expert in Wellington. He’s founder of the New Zealand Pain Foundation and has many years of experience researching and managing pain. His PhD explored the causation of headache disorders, the migraine gene and the role of the sympathetic nervous system in chronic pain.



  • Types of headache
  • Diagnosing primary headache
  • Psychosocial impact
  • Examination and red flags
  • Tension headache, causes and management – lifestyle/medication/complimentary therapy
  • Migraine, management and prevention
  • Atypical migraine presentation
  • Rebound headaches

Take home message

  • very difficult to treat
  • look for secondary sources
  • discuss lifestyle choice
  • the neck is under investigated.



Giresh Kanji
Musculoskeletal pain specialist

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