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Your headache may be ‘cervicogenic’; recognize the signs

some people suffer headache far more often than others. There is often a source from which it spreads to the rest of the head, and while people may not be aware of it, the neck can be a problematic area, leading to splitting pain.

As such, more importance needs to be given to cervicogenic headaches, which are neck pain And going all the way to the head, mostly on one side. they are not to be confused migraine Or other headaches, says Dr. Sai Krishna B. Naidu, HOD, trauma and orthopedics, bone and joint surgery, Fortis Hospital, Richmond Road, Bengaluru.

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According to Dr. Naidu, most of the time the cause of such headache remains unknown. “But, problems arising from the neck, such as whiplash injuries, problems arising from the cervical vertebrae, arthritis, working long hours on a laptop with incorrect posture, etc., can be contributing factors for cervical pain. can,” he says.

Some professionals whose work involves bending the neck such as hair stylistsIT professionals, surgeons etc are susceptible, he added.

What are the symptoms?

The doctor explains that the symptoms seen in most people include sudden twitching of the neck which causes Head and neck painNausea, vomiting, pain around the eyes, etc.

Other signs may include:

– Pain on one side of the head and neck, radiating up and down
– Persistent pain that does not throb
Headache when coughing, sneezing or taking a deep breath
Stiff neck leading to inability to move independently
– Pain occurs in one area, either in the front, back of the head, or around the eye

Even though cervicogenic headaches and migraine are different, some symptoms may be similar. For example, you can do:

– Nausea and feeling like vomiting
– You have pain in your arm or shoulder
– Feeling nauseous/vomiting when exposed to bright light and loud noises
– blurred vision

Can these headaches be prevented?

Experts advise, “Working on postural correction, wearing a seat belt even when in the back seat, strengthening the neck muscles, and exercises are all helpful in preventing cervicogenic headaches,” advises the experts.

He adds that cervicogenic headache is diagnosed by a specialist and most of the time, it is by exclusion criteria. Scans and other tests may come out essentially normal.


The diagnosis is “followed by physical therapy/physiotherapy”. “Other options like TENS machines, neck injections, etc., help. Home remedies like SNAG (Sustainable Natural Epiphyseal Glide) help ease the pain. Ibuprofen, muscle relaxants, etc along with good sleep and relaxation techniques like yoga and hydrotherapy can help,” says Dr Naidu.

However, he cautions that although stress may not cause these headaches, it can exacerbate the existing condition, as well as a lack of sleep, smoking and drinking,

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