Cervicogenic headache is the term used to describe a headache that is caused by dysfunction in the neck. Overall, between 14-17.8% of patients with frequent headaches are believed to suffer from headaches of this nature.
The following is a list of clinical characteristics common among those struggling with cervicogenic headaches:
A 2007 study (Funct Neurol 2007;22:145; Drottning M, Staff PH, Sjaastad O) looked at causes of cervicogenic headaches, specifically whiplash injuries of the neck. In this study, 587 whiplash patients were followed over a six-year period. About 8% of the whiplash sufferers developed a cervicogenic headache within six weeks of the initial trauma. Thirty-five percent of these patients were still suffering six years later. For a detailed discussion about how whiplash trauma can result in cervicogenic headaches, see Whiplash Injury and Cervicogenic Headache.
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If you suffer from headaches and believe yours may originate from a musculoskeletal issue in your neck, a doctor of chiropractic can perform a comprehensive examination of your spine to see if sprains are present in either your cervical or thoracic joints and he or she will also review whether you’ve suffered a past trauma that could have affected the posture and mobility of these delicate spinal structures.
If you have been experiencing headaches, please stop in for our special Neck Adjustment and Oxygen Treatment. Dr. Temple will realign your cervical vertebrae and the oxygen will flush your system with pure 98% O2. You will walk out clear headed, energized, and feeling great!
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