Cervicogenic headaches are a debilitating medical condition. They can have a negative effect on the quality of your life. These headaches mimic migraines. This can make them difficult to distinguish, diagnose, and treat.

Headaches happen for different reasons. If a headache is caused by a problem in the cervical spinal area or neck, it is known as a cervicogenic headache. It is a type of a secondary headache that occurs due to problems with the nerves in the spine or neck.

Spinal Nerve Structures and Cervicogenic Headaches

Spinal nerve structures are signal transmitters. This enables communication between the body and the brain. A set of spinal nerves are found at each level of the cervical spine. These nerves enable sensation and function of the neck and head.

Nerve compression causes cervicogenic headaches. Pain and inflammation are the common symptoms. Osteoarthritis of the cervical spine joints, trauma to the neck and head are factors that cause these headaches.

Symptoms

A cervicogenic headache is often a non-throbbing, steady pain at the base and back of the skull. It sometimes extends between the shoulder blades and down into the neck. Pain is also felt between the forehead and brow. The pain starts after a sudden neck movement.

  • Dizziness
  • Stiff Neck
  • Blurred Vision
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the Arms
  • Pain on One Side of the Face or Head
  • Sensitivity to Sound or Light
  • Dizziness

Risk Factors

The risk factors of cervicogenic headaches include:

  • Cervical Disc Problems
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Muscular Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Poor Posture

Treat and Manage Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are recurrent and can be debilitating. Several treatment techniques are used to manage pain. This helps prevent future occurrences.

  • Physical Therapy

Physical therapy strengthens weak neck muscles. It also improves the mobility of the joints. The doctor may also recommend alternative treatments such as 360 Pain Treatment. This will lessen muscle and nerve pain in the neck.

  • Medication

Inflammation and other problems with the muscles, nerves, joints or tendons cause cervicogenic headaches. Medications are often prescribed by doctors to reduce the pain.

  • Surgery

If the pain is severe, surgery is the preferred choice. If a headache is caused due to nerve compression, surgery will help relieve the pain.

Prevention of Cervicogenic Headaches

Headaches that are caused due to osteoarthritis are not preventable. The pain management strategies that can help prevent cervicogenic headaches include:

  • Avoiding neck and head collisions
  • Prevent injuries to the cervical spine
  • Practice good posture when driving or sitting
  • Avoid sleeping with the neck propped too high. The neck and spine should be in alignment when sleeping.

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