Cervicogenic headache headache and neck pain

Cervicogenic headache is often not constant but comes on in fits and starts. Often we see that cervicogenic headache is present on one side of the head and is triggered by movements of the head. This type of headache occurs because the deeper muscles of the neck are not functioning properly. The severity of this headache can vary and may even radiate to the same arm as the side where the headache is located. Cervicogenic headache is easily diagnosed by a physical therapist. The duration of this type of headache varies; this is partly due to how the complaint is handled. If you do not enlist the help of a physical therapist, for example, the symptoms can persist for a long time, think of months to years.

Cause

Cervicogenic headache is often not constant but comes on in fits and starts. Often we see that cervicogenic headache is present on one side of the head and is triggered by movements of the head. So often the pain comes on 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 functions to some extent, causing tension and possibly shortening of muscles.
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Symptoms

Cervicogenic headaches involve headaches on one side of the head. The severity of this headache can vary and can even radiate to the same arm as the side where the headache is located. Because this form of headache often originates from a lesser function of the neck, in many cases we also see a decreased movement of the neck, this is also experienced as stiffness. In addition to this complaints there is sometimes dizziness involving nausea and sound and light sensitivity. In some cases, difficulty may also be experienced with swallowing while eating, for example.

Diagnosis

The duration of this form of headache is variable, this is partly due to the handling of the complaint. If you do not seek help from a physiotherapist, for example, the symptoms can last for a long time, from months to years. The treatment of these complaints consists partly of mobilizations to restore the mobility of the neck and partly of 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 form of headache is variable, this is partly due to the handling of the complaint. If you do not seek help from a physiotherapist, for example, the symptoms can last for a long time, from months to years. The treatment of these complaints consists partly of mobilizations to restore the mobility of the neck and partly of 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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