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Burton Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

Burton Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

We see a great number of individuals with headaches in our Burton office, and Dr. Elganainy has been able to provide relief for many of them. For that matter, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that half of all adults have difficulty with some type of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t unexpected. One of the most frequent sorts of headaches that our patients experience is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can often help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that originates from a problem in the cervical spine. It might be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be attributed to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine results in constriction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.

How do you tell if the headache you are enduring is a cervicogenic headache? Other than getting a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes followed by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches

Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is initiating them is remedied, it is crucial to get treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that provides a considerable amount of pain relief.

In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers evaluated 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent received chiropractic care and the other half engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic delivered the best results.

Specifically, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments provided patients greater pain relief and reduced the frequency of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Elganainy can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!

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/
September 20, 2021
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