We see a considerable number of individuals with headaches in our Philadelphia office, and Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic has been able to assist many of them. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that half of all adults have difficulty with some kind of headache problems, so this really isn’t shocking. One of the most common kinds of headaches which our patients are afflicted by is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can usually help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Defined

A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from problems in the cervical spine. It can be generated by an issue with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be triggered by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine brings about compression or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.

How do you distinguish if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally followed by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Headache Relief with Chiropractic

Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is causing them is corrected, it is important to get treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that can provide a great deal of relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists looked at 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic provided the most beneficial results.

In particular, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments offered patients better pain relief and lessened the number of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic can do for you and your headache pain, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
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