Headache is one of the most common complaints encountered by many people. Headache actually can arise from bony structures or soft tissues of the neck. Cervicogenic headache, is a form of headache and its symptoms closely resembles to migraine. 

Causes

  • Degenerative (wear & tear) changes of the upper cervical spine - impairment of free movements at the joints, discs or ligaments
  • Trigger points in the cervical and shoulder muscles - occurs on the sustained overloading of the muscles
  • Whiplash injuries

Symptoms

  • deep, throbbing or non-throbbing pain (unilateral or bilateral)
  • headache is more localized to front head, rear head & orbital regions
  • triggered by neck movements, sustained or awkward neck posture (eg.using computer)
  • nausea & vomiting
  • blurred vision & dizziness

Treatments

  1. Manual mobilization-Cervical
  2. Cold Therapy
  3. Head therapy (if required)
  4. Ultrasound 
  5.  Neck exercises to give sustained reduction of headaches frequency and intensity