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A cervicogenic headache is a headache that is caused by a problem in the spine. Causes vary from illness such as arthritis or an injury such as a cervical sprain. This can be the particularly incapacitating type of a headache. Common symptoms are: steady no throbbing pain at the back and base of the skull, sometimes extending down to the neck and between the shoulder blades. The pain can also be located behind the brows and forehead. Because of the location, most of the pain is felt in the head, even though the problem is originating from the spine. Pain usually starts from a sudden neck movement such as a sneeze.
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?
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?
According to a survey, cervicogenic headaches happen to about 1% of the general population.