What is Neck Headache?
Neck Headache, or as it is known medically – Cervicogenic Headache, is a secondary headache disorder. In other words, your headache is caused by a neck joint problem.The good news is that by fixing your neck problem, your neck headache can be alleviated. Researchers feel that neck headache accounts for between 4% to 22% of all headaches seen clinically
What’s Causes Your Neck Headache?
Your neck headache can originate from a variety of musculoskeletal and neurovascular structures in your upper neck; including the upper three neck joints, C2/3 disc, spinal cord coverings and neck muscles. A dysfunction in these areas can trigger pain signals that travel to your trigeminocervical nucleus (TCN) in your brainstem. This information is then transmitted into your brain and interpreted as a headache (Bogduk 2003).
Symptoms of Neck Headache
Commonly, neck headache sufferers will usually notice:
- Tenderness at the top of their neck and base of the skull.
- Neck stiffness or a mild loss of movement, although this is sometimes is only subtle and needs to be confirmed during your physical examination.
At Assured Health Group, our practitioners treat Neck Headache and help you to learn more about it.