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What is a Neck Headache?

Posted by Simon Bowman on March 3, 2021

Neck pain or neck headache is challenging, especially because of the limited range of motion of the head. Imagine, having a headache alone is bad, what more having neck pain, also.

Headaches can happen because of various reasons, which makes it difficult to distinguish which kind of headache you’re suffering from. If you’re suffering from Neck Headache, most of the time, it’s mistaken as a migraine or a tension headache.

So, this article will lay down the definition, symptoms, causes, and some other important details that you should know about neck headache to distinguish it from other closer pain disorders.

What is the medical definition of Neck Headache?

There is a great possibility [but consulting a medical professional is always your best option] that your neck headache is a Cervicogenic Headache. This condition can be attributed to activities like sports injuries, accidents, or bad posture. The most common symptom is suffering the pain, not only in the neck, but feeling like it is also in the head like how one feels with migraine.

Cervicogenic Headache is rooted in the cervical spine with episodes that last for as long as a week.

What are its symptoms?

The symptoms include:

  • A stiff neck
  • Feeling pain in the side of the head or face
  • Nausea
  • Blurry vision
  • The uncomfortable feeling when coughing or sneezing.

Some symptoms are similar to other kinds of headaches with sensitivity to light, noise. Pain that is localised that almost always worsens in a certain position.

What are its causes?

This is usually considered a secondary headache.

Secondary headaches are those that are just a symptom of another condition, and in this case, a neck condition. Here are some possible causes:

  • High blood pressure
  • Upset stomach
  • Neck injuries
  • Infections
  • Other causes can also be neck muscle problems, problems with nerves and bones.
  • Stress can also trigger an episode of Cervicogenic Headache.

How can it be treated?

The good news is with mild cases of neck headaches, it can go away on their own or with some simple home remedies.

You should take note though that not all cases can be mild. This condition can be dangerous and severe if left untreated. To avoid such a situation, seek medical help to have a proper diagnosis and plan of treatment.

These are the common symptoms and causes of neck headaches. Remember that while we can determine whether it’s mild or severe through or pain tolerance, you can’t diagnose yourself.

Disclaimer: Always contact a physiotherapist for which exercises are best for you to do. These exercises can either benefit you or trigger further symptoms of underlying conditions when a physiotherapist is not consulted.

So to ensure your safety, consult your doctor.

If you are experiencing pain in the neck and head area, you need help. Anytime, you can reach out to me and we’ll talk about how we can best plan your treatment and recovery.

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