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Headaches resulting from illness originating from the neck. Can be a result of poor posture, tight muscles, trauma and repetitive stress injuries. Patients often present with decreased neck movement, tightness/stiffness in the neck, pain at the base of the head with worsening of their headache with certain movements of their neck.
Cervicogenic headaches are secondary headaches caused by illness or physical issues arising in the cervical (neck) spine. This referred pain is perceived in the head and can be the result of a misalignment of the cervical spine, soft tissue sprain/strain, disc involvement, and other conditions that can trigger increased pain.
Did you know that many other types of headaches can cause neck pain? For example migraine and tension-type headache, can have associated neck pain/tension. For a headache to be classified as a Cervicogenic headache there must be evidence of a disorder or lesion within the cervical spine or soft tissues of the neck.
Many conditions can lead to cervicogenic headaches to name a few: herniated disc, misalignment of the cervical spine, repetitive stress, fractures, infections, trauma (slip/fall, motor vehicle accidents), and certain arthritic changes in the cervical spin. At HA Brain & Spine our doctors properly evaluate your symptoms to find the root cause of your cervicogenic headaches. Once the root cause is determined our team of specialists customize a treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms.