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What is the treatment for a cervicogenic headache?

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If you have cervicogenic headaches (CH), there are several ways to lessen the pain, or get rid of it completely:

  • Medicine: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (aspirin or ibuprofen), muscle relaxers, and other pain relievers may ease the pain.
  • Nerve block: This may temporarily relieve pain and help you better work with physical therapy.
  • Physical therapy: Stretches and exercises can help. Work with your doctor or a physical therapist to find out what kind of exercise is best and safest for you.
  • Spinal manipulation: This is a mix of physical therapy, massage, and joint movement. It should only be done by a physical therapist, a chiropractor, or an osteopath (a doctor who has special training in the way your nerves, bones, and muscles work together).
  • Other options: Non-surgical ways to deal with the pain include relaxation techniques, like deep breathing or yoga, and acupuncture.
  • Surgery: If your pain from CH is severe, your doctor may suggest an operation to keep your nerves from being squeezed, but this is rare.

From: Cervicogenic Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Quebec Association of Chronic Pain: "Cervicogenic Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Cervicogenic Headache."

Jefferson Hospital for Neurosurgery Journal: "A Pain in the Neck: Review of Cervicogenic Headache and Associated Disorders."

Chiro-Trust.org: "What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?"

International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy: "Cervicogenic Headaches: An Evidence-Led Approach to Clinical Management."

Journal of the American Osteopathic Association: "Cervicogenic Headache: A Review of Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies."

British Journal of Medical Practitioners: "Cervicogenic headache: It is time to call for more attention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Quebec Association of Chronic Pain: "Cervicogenic Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Cervicogenic Headache."

Jefferson Hospital for Neurosurgery Journal: "A Pain in the Neck: Review of Cervicogenic Headache and Associated Disorders."

Chiro-Trust.org: "What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?"

International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy: "Cervicogenic Headaches: An Evidence-Led Approach to Clinical Management."

Journal of the American Osteopathic Association: "Cervicogenic Headache: A Review of Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies."

British Journal of Medical Practitioners: "Cervicogenic headache: It is time to call for more attention."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 16, 2018

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