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This article was first published in a 2015 edition of HeadWise.
in News to Know
By Denise Schneider, PT, FAAOMPT, COMT, ATC
Headache Program Manager
Athletico Schaumburg South
A cervicogenic headache stems from the structures in the cervical spine (neck) and radiates into other areas, such as the back of the head, over the top of the head, and/or on the side of the head. This type of headache may occur gradually or occur as a result of an injury. An individual suffering from a cervicogenic headache may report an increase in symptoms with movement of the head or neck and a decreased ability to do so. Symptoms may increase with prolonged positions or postures, such as sitting for extended periods of time at the computer. Other symptoms associated with cervicogenic headache include: neck pain; muscle tenderness; tenderness over the joints in the neck; shoulder/arm pain on the same side of the headache; weakness; and, possible dizziness, nausea, and lightheadedness. Cervicogenic headache and its associated symptoms are typically the result of stiff joints in the neck; soft tissue tightness and/or trigger points; and, possibly nerve irritation.