What is Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is a type of headache that originates from the neck, specifically from the spine or soft tissue of the neck. The cervical spine is the upper portion of the spine that runs through the neck and supports the head. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by problems in the cervical spine, such as muscle tension, joint dysfunction, or injury.
Symptoms of cervicogenic headache include:
Headache pain that is located in the back of the head, the base of the skull, or behind the eyes.
The pain may also be felt in the temples, forehead, or back of the neck
The pain is often described as a dull, aching pain.
The pain may be made worse by certain head and neck movements or by prolonged periods of sitting or standing
The pain may be accompanied by a stiff neck or shoulder.
Diagnostic Criteria for Cervicogenic Headache
Clinical evidence from an examination can pinpoint neck or cervical spine dysfunction, which is known to be capable of causing headaches.
The development of the cervical issue and the development of the headache are related in time. Or improvement in neck pain causes improvement in headache.
Cervical range of motion is reduced and headache is made significantly worse by provocative techniques headache.