When it comes to headaches, the cervicogenic headache is in a league all its own. The pain exists in the neck and head (or sometimes extends into the face) and has been described as a dull ache or a more intensive form of pain. Due to its multiple locations, a cervicogenic headache (CGH) can be absolutely debilitating.
What causes cervicogenic headaches?
Cervicogenic headaches can start intermittently with low-grade pain before graduating to an incessant and constant throb. But what actually causes them?
“CGH is a secondary headache that occurs because of a physical or neurological condition that started first. CGH may be caused by trauma, such as fracture, dislocation, or whiplash injury, or an underlying medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or infection. While the pain source is located in the cervical spine, CGH can be difficult to diagnose because pain is not always felt in the neck.”
Posture and alignment play roles in the occurrence and length of CGH. Because the musculoskeletal system is complicated, chiropractic care is a way to treat the associated neck and back pain while addressing the underlying alignment problems caused by improper posture. It can offer considerable relief. Consider speaking to one of our experts (you can book an appointment online here).
Can a cervicogenic headache go away?
Yes. The good news is that there are remedies that can help your cervicogenic headache go away. For example, Chiropractors often play a crucial role in identifying CGH and plotting a course of action to diminish the length and severity of occurrences. Other treatments you might consider include myofascial release or acupuncture, both of which CW Rehab offers on-site. We have a talented team of experienced medical professionals — including massage therapists and chiropractors — who can get you the help you need so you can return to life faster.
How are cervicogenic headaches diagnosed?
Unfortunately, CGH is not the only kind of headache out there — getting diagnosed can be a headache in and of itself! Diagnosis is critical in order to chart the best course of action for your individual needs. You can’t, for example, treat a sprained toe the way you’d treat a broken leg; in the same way, you can’t treat CGH the same way you’d treat a migraine.
In order to appropriately diagnose CGH, you’ll need to have your medical history evaluated and/or undergo a physical examination. Some other forms of headaches can approximate the symptoms of CGH, so it can be difficult to self-diagnose.
If you’re regularly suffering from headaches that stretch down the neck, possibly into the face, and tend to be restricted to one side of the body, you may indeed be suffering from CGH. The only way to know for sure is to speak to an expert.
Our team is standing by – learn how CW Rehab can help you find freedom from pain. Call us today at 416-463-1821.