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Cervicogenic headaches - Headaches and neck pain

Cervicogenic headaches are often not constant, but come on in fits and starts. We often see that cervicogenic headaches are present on one side of the head and are provoked by movements of the head. This type of headache is caused by malfunctioning of the deeper muscles of the neck. The severity of these headaches can vary and may even radiate to the same arm as the side where the headache is located. The diagnosis of cervicogenic headache is easily made by a physiotherapist. The duration of this type of headache varies, this is partly due to how the complaint is dealt with. If you do not get help from a physiotherapist, the complaints can last for a long time, for example months to years.

Cause

Cervicogenic headaches are often not constant, but come on in fits and starts. We often see that cervicogenic headache is present on one side of the head and is provoked by movements of the head. Often, the pain comes with movements of the head. This pain can range from moderate to severe. This type of headache occurs because the deeper muscles of the neck do not function properly. Because these deeper muscles do not function properly, other larger muscle groups take over some of the functions, causing tension and possibly shortening of muscles.
cervicogenic headache

Symptoms

With cervicogenic headache, there is headache on one side of the head. The severity of this headache can vary and may even radiate to the same arm as the side where the headache is located. Because this type of headache is often caused by a reduced function of the neck, we often see a reduced movement of the neck, which is also experienced as stiffness. Besides this complaints Sometimes there is dizziness which causes nausea and sensitivity to sound and light. In some cases, you may also experience difficulty swallowing, for example when eating.

Diagnosis

The duration of this type of headache varies, this is partly to do with how you deal with the complaint. If you do not get help from a physiotherapist, for example, the symptoms can last for a long time, for example months to years. The treatment of these complaints partly consists of mobilisations to regain the mobility of the neck and exercises. This exercises are important to give the neck back its strength so that the rest of the body does not have to take the strain.

Treatment

The duration of this type of headache varies, this is partly to do with how you deal with the complaint. If you do not get help from a physiotherapist, for example, the symptoms can last for a long time, for example months to years. The treatment of these complaints partly consists of mobilisations to regain the mobility of the neck and exercises. This exercises are important to give the neck back its strength so that the rest of the body does not have to take the strain.
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