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 Headaches From The Neck?



         Cervicogenic headache is the term used to describe a headache that has its cause in the neck region. It used to be thought headaches were caused by something in the head itself, but researchers have now learned that neck injuries can produce head pain.


         A study from Norway showed that about 4% of the population will have this type of headache. Taking medications to cover the pain will not ultimately correct a mechanical neck problem.


         The symptoms of a cervicogenic headache are as follows: one-sided head pain and same side shoulder and arm pain. Patients also have limited mobility of the neck region. Rarely a patient may also have a migraine trait such as nausea, vomiting, or throbbing sensations. Because these signs differ from a typical migraine headache, a physician may have overlooked the neck as a potential source for the cause of your head pain. Self-diagnosing your headache can be even worse since potentially serious causes of your head pain, such as high blood pressure may go undiscovered and left untreated. In any case it's unlikely that your headache has been caused by a deficiency of pain pills in your diet. 

         Another study from Norway, looked at causes of cervicogenic headaches, specifically whiplash injuries of the neck. In this study, 587 whiplash patients were followed over a six-year period. About 8% of the whiplash sufferers developed a cervicogenic headache six weeks after the initial trauma. Thirty-five percent of these patients were still suffering six years later.


         For patients who do not choose to use medications for treating their head pain chiropractic care can be a more healthful option.


         This chiropractic health information is provided by Dr. Larry K. Cimperman and Dr. Agnes M. Gallagher.  We can be contacted at 724-586-9777.


.           This information is provided for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any health condition ,disease, or illness.  Please contact a qualified health care provider with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your health.


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