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Cervicogenic Headache

Overview:

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. 

Symptoms:

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

Causes:

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:

  • Fall
  • Sports injury
  • Arthritis
  • Tumor or fracture in the upper spine or neck

Treatment:

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!

Cervicogenic Headache

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Office Locations

Center for Interventional Pain & Spine, LLC has multiple convenient locations to serve you. Get started by requesting an appointment at any of our offices located in Delaware and Pennsylvania areas near major hospitals and highways.

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
Silverside Carr Corporate Center
405 Silverside Road, Suite 104, Wilmington, DE 19809
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-792-1372
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Brandywine Town Center
3401 Brandywine Parkway, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19803
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-477-6955
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Sandhill Plaza
118 Sandhill Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, DE 19709
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-378-0941
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The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1200, Newark, DE 19713
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-792-1372
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Pike Creek Sports Medicine and Professional Center
3105 Limestone Road, Suite 300, Wilmington, DE 19808
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-482-2212
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Halpern Medical Plaza
1197 Airport Road, Second Floor, Suite 5, Milford, DE 19963
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-503-3432
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Surgical Center Affiliations

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
Orthopaedic Specialist Surgery Center
1096 Old Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19713
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Delaware Outpatient Center for Surgery
774 Christiana Road, Ste 2, Bldg B, Newark, DE 19713
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Wilmington Hospital
501 W. 14th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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Wilmington Roxana Canon Arsht Surgicenter
625 W. 12th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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First State Surgery Center
1000 Twin C Lane, Suite 200, Newark, DE 19713
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Delaware Surgery Center
200 Banning Street, Suite 110, Dover , DE 19904
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