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Cervicogenic Headache is referred pain in the head received from a source in the neck due to a neck disorder or lesion. It is a secondary headache, which means that it originates due to another illness or physical issue. Symptoms are frequent, episodic tension-type headache associated with pericranial tenderness. Tumours, fractures, rheumatoid arthritis and infections may also cause cervicogenic headaches
HOW IS CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of cervicogenic headache is done through clinical, laboratory and imaging studies. Orthopedicians check for the source of pain by using nerve blocks to narrow down on the particular nerve causing pain
HOW IS CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE TREATED?
Drugs are usually prescribed to help deal with the symptoms while the orthopaedic tries to determine the root cause of the headaches. The types of drugs prescribed include painkillers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and muscle relaxants. Chiropractic treatments, physiotherapy, and acupuncture treatments along with ayurvedic treatments also help relieve these headaches.
DID YOU KNOW?
The cervicogenic headache is one of the most unusual headaches as the person finds it difficult to identify the real source of the pain.