Cervicogenic Headache

Headaches come in many types and can have many different causes.  The most common is muscular or tension headache.  It is not uncommon for one to have more than one type of headache.  In most chronic headaches, tension is a significant component.

True migraine is a type of vascular headache which occurs when there is a disturbance in blood flow to the brain.  Cervicogenic headache, as the name suggests, is a headache that has its source from the neck, or the cervical spine.  Because of the complexity of the cervical spine and that many nerves travel from the cervical spine to the head, any problem, such as disc degeneration, misalignment of the spine, arthritis of the cervical facet joints and pinched nerves in the neck can all cause headache.

Medications, physical therapy and nerve blocks are used effectively in treating cervicogenic headache.

It is important for one not to dismiss any unusual or persistent headache, or headaches that have changing quality.  Tumor, infection and ruptured blood vessels are all problems that must be ruled out in any headache.