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Where can a cervicogenic headache come from?

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Cervicogenic headache (CH) can come from problems with the bones in your neck (vertebrae) that happen over time. For example, people in certain jobs, like hair stylists, carpenters, and truck drivers, can get CH from the way they hold their heads when they work.

Sometimes CH happens in people who hold their heads out in front of their bodies. That's called "forward head motion," and it puts extra weight on your neck and upper back. It also can come from a fall, sports injury, whiplash, or arthritis. Or the nerves in your neck might be compressed (squeezed). You also can get cervicogenic headaches from a tumor or a fracture (small break) in your upper spine or neck.

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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