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Nearly 15-20% of people worldwide experience cervicogenic headaches – head pain that arises from an issue in the neck. Let’s look at the people most likely to experience these headaches, different types, and spinal decompression for neck pain and headache relief.
What is a cervicogenic headache?
A cervicogenic headache can often be frustrating to treat until you realize the source: it involves referred pain from the neck to the head.(Notice how cervicogenic is similar to cervical spine, the part extending through the neck.)This type of head pain is a secondary headache, one that results from a different, primary health condition. The primary diagnosis in the case of a cervicogenic headache should be some type of neck disorder or lesion.
Nearly half of the world’s population (47%) experience regular headaches, with 15-20% of them cervicogenic. At any one time, 2.2% of people are suffering from a CGH. They are actually 300% more common in women than they are in men. In women, the menstrual cycle may be involved. Any headache that starts two days before menstruation and extends through the cycle is probably a migraine but could also be cervicogenic. You will also see temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions in conjunction with these headaches nearly half (44%) of the time. All of these people could benefit from professional headache relief treatments.
Prevalence in athletes and others
The cervicogenic headache (CGH) is difficult for sports doctors to treat because the source of the headache is not always immediately clear. It is often seen in people who lift weights extensively.
CGHs are also prevalent in people who experienced whiplash or head trauma. As an example, someone who gets a concussion might experience headaches 90 days or more following the initial damage. In those cases, it is usually a cervicogenic headache rather than one related to the brain injury itself.
Diagnosis: different types
Generally speaking, a cervicogenic headache is diagnosed by a combination of head pain and neck stiffness, according to Phil Page, PHD in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Typically, “cervicogenic headaches are unilateral, starting from one side of the posterior head and neck, migrating to the front,” he says. However, there is also “another type of CGH with bilateral head and neck pain, aggravated by neck positions and specific occupations such as hair-dressing, carpentry, and truck/tractor driving.”
Spinal decompression for neck pain & headache relief
Treatment for this condition should focus on resolving the neck pain, explains Teri Robert of the American Migraine Foundation. One of the best treatments that focus on the cause is non-surgical spinal decompression. By reducing internal disc pressure, herniated and bulging discs can move back to their appropriate positions. Hydration, oxygen, and nutrients can better access the discs, boosting your health. Learn more about spinal decompression for neck pain & headache relief.