Cervicogenic headache is referred to the pain perceived in the head from a source in the neck. Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue. Cervicogenic headaches typically cause pain at the back of the head. This pain may spread to the top of the skull and sometimes to the forehead or temple. It may also be associated with pain or discomfort behind the eye. Nausea, poor concentration and irritability are frequent symptoms.
HOW IS CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE DIAGNOSED?
So far, there are no diagnostic tests to determine/diagnose a cervicogenic headache. It is only through the symptoms, medications are prescribed for treatment. But X-Rays are used to check for symptoms.
HOW IS CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE TREATED?
Treatment of cervicogenic headache focuses on the underlying cause of pain. Each individual requires different type of treatment. Common treatment methods are nerve blocks, neck and spine exercises and physical therapy. Pain relief medication can provide temporary relief only. Exercises and physical therapy
DID YOU KNOW?
Cervico-’ means neck, and ‘-genic’ means origin. The various causes and risk factors include:
• Excessive twisting/bending of the neck
• Sudden movement of the neck
• Heavy lifting
• Spinal disc problems
• Prolonged sitting (i.e. working at a computer)
• Poor desk setup and sleeping posture
• Sedentary lifestyle