There are a variety of different headache types, and often there is confusion about what type you are experiencing. Cervicogenic headaches are very common and often are confused with migraines. The best path to a long-term solution is to have an accurate diagnosis and treatment approach.
This article will discuss the specific classification of cervicogenic headache, how it presents symptomatically, clinically, and treatment options.
Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is a type of headache that is referred from a neck problem. “Cervico” is a prefix referencing the cervical spine, or neck region of the spine. “Genic” is a term that references the “genesis” or starting point of the problem. Thus, cervico-genic headaches are a classification of headache that originate with a problem in the neck.
The pain pattern of cervicogenic headaches typically isolates one side of the neck, head, scalp, and/or face. The pain presentation is often dull, achy, and persistent with varying degrees of severity. Often patients with cervicogenic headaches notice a gradual progression over time following a neck related injury.
Colorado Springs chiropractor Dr. John Stenberg has worked with numerous CGH patients, and has identified several causative factors:
Additional symptoms may include shoulder/upper back pain, neck stiffness, crepitus (clicking, grinding, or crunching sounds with neck movements).
At Zenith Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Dr. John Stenberg uses a multi-part assessment to identify the neck related issues that cause cervicogenic headaches.
This information is the basis for developing a treatment plan to correct the underlying cause of cervicogenic headaches.
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