Are you experiencing painful headaches on a regular basis? If so, you are not alone. In fact, roughly 47% of the world’s population suffers from headaches. However common this may be, your frequent headaches could be your body’s way of saying that something is wrong. Your headaches may very well be Cervicogenic headaches, a secondary form of headache.
What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?
Cervicogenic headaches are secondary headaches. This means that the headaches are caused by referred pain, which is located elsewhere in your body but felt in your neck and head.
Symptoms of Cervicogenic headaches include but are not limited to:
- Worsening of headache with neck movement
- Limited range of motion in neck
- Pain on one side of head only
- Neck pain or no neck pain
- Pain behind eyes
- Pain in back or front of head
Because Cervicogenic headaches can often be confused with other types of headaches like migraines, it is important that you do not self diagnose. Your chiropractor or family doctor can help you determine which type of headache you are experiencing.
What Causes Cervicogenic Headaches?
Because these headaches are caused by referred pain, getting to the true source of the problem is the best way to deal with them. Unfortunately, there is no one root cause of Cervicogenic headaches, and people from all walks of life and occupations can suffer from them.
This includes jobs where people hold their heads in a certain position for a long time such as:
- Truck drivers
- Construction workers
People with poor posture and “forward head motion” (the head extends out in front of shoulders), as well as people who suffer from arthritis, sports injuries, and whiplash can all suffer from Cervicogenic headaches.
Your chiropractor can help you uncover the root cause of your headaches and develop a treatment plan to get you on the road to fewer headaches and better health. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.