Pain in the Neck: Cervicogenic Headache

Posted by on Jan. 02, 2013

If the headache you’re experiencing is induced and heightened by neck movements, you could be suffering from a cervicogenic headache. Cervicogenic headache is often mistaken as a simple case of migraine, but this headache is actually not caused by chemical imbalance in the human body. Cervicogenic headache is the result of joint problems in the cervical spine.

The major causes of this joint-problem-induced headache include: whiplash (neck injuries caused by an accident), poor posture (constant slouching), poor ergonomics (poor posture while working in front of a computer), excessive bending of the neck, and lifting of heavy loads.

This type of headache often goes undiagnosed as it is pretty difficult to differentiate from a normal case of migraine. For some experts, mere identification of symptoms isn’t enough to determine whether or not a patient is suffering from cervicogenic headache. Tests like CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and X-rays are more reliable options for diagnosing the disorder.

If you’ve observed that your headache is always originating from the neck area, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to acquire proper diagnosis. Cervicogenic headache not only requires headache relief but also joint treatment programs that will help keep your cervical spine in proper shape.


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