Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is a secondary headache, meaning that it is caused by another illness or physical issue. CGH can be caused by trauma, such as a sports injury, or an underlying medical condition, such as arthritis. The pain source is typically located in the cervical spine and causes a steady ache or dull feeling. The symptoms of CGH are typically side-locked, meaning that they occur on one side of the neck, head, and/or face. There are numerous treatment options for CGH, including medication, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and physical therapy.
The most common sign of CGH is pain that comes from a sudden movement in the neck. Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Pain on the side of the head or face
- Steady pain that doesn’t throb
- Reduced flexibility of the neck
- Eye swelling and blurriness of vision on the affected side
- Pain along the shoulder and arm
- Head pain when coughing, sneezing, or taking a deep breath
The cause of a CGH is often related to excessive stress to the neck. It can stem from problems with the neck or joints that happen over time or after a whiplash-type movement. Other causes include:
- Sports injury
- Tumor or fracture in the upper spine or neck
There are several ways to lessen the pain or get rid of it completely. Treatment can include:
We understand that each patient’s pain is unique. Therefore, the treatment recommended to each patient will be personalized to fit their condition and lifestyle. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians offers advanced interventional and minimally-invasive techniques to help treat chronic, complex pain. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your concerns and what treatment options might be right for you!