Headache Treatments in Colorado
A Cervicogenic headache is a painful, tension-type headache that starts
in the back of the neck. While similar to migraines, they are distinctly
different in that the pain is side-locked unilateral, meaning it always
strikes the same side of the head. These are secondary headaches caused
by pressure on the spine or neck. You might experience one after placing
your neck in an awkward position for an extended period of time.
Whiplash and head trauma (any kind of head trauma is transmitted to the
cervical spine) may trigger these headaches. In particularly severe cases,
you can sometimes induce them just by moving your neck too quickly. If
you experience headaches after physical activity, keeping your neck still
for a long time, or after a back injury, there is a good chance your headache
Your headache may me a Cervicogenic headache if you experience:
- Pain in one side of the head.
- Pain after coughing or sneezing
- Neck pain before or during the headache
- Difficulty moving your neck
Why They Occur
There are several things that could be causing a Cervicogenic headache.
Yours may have started after a back injury; even putting your hands in
awkward positions can create these headaches. Hair stylists and truck
drivers often develop these headaches because of the way they use their
hands at work.
Cervicogenic headaches come and go, but it is unlikely that they will dissipate
completely without treatment. You will need to consult with a headache
specialist to determine why the headaches are occurring and what you can
do to treat the true cause.
Healing the spine will help heal the head. There are numerous treatment
options available, including muscle relaxants, physical therapy, occipital
nerve blocks, and anti-inflammatory medication. At the Interventional
Headache Center of Colorado, we will work with you to develop a treatment
plan that is both effective and relaxing.