The International Headache Society reports that there are at least 14 separate and distinct headache disorders. Of all the visits to a doctor’s office in the U.S. and Canada in 2007, up to 7% of them were for headaches. Mid-life is a particularly high-risk time with 60% of men and 70-80% of women in North America reporting experiencing headaches at the age of 40.
One of the more common headache disorders is Cervicogenic Headache (CGH). CGH accounts for up to 20% of all recurrent and chronic headaches. It stems from the musculoskeletal impairments around the neck and cervical spine but often extends to certain parts of the patient’s head like the back, over the top, and/or the other side. While CGH can affect anyone at any stage of life, it is most prevalent for people between the ages of 20 and 60.
Oklahoma Physical Therapy has certified physical therapists who work closely with experienced doctors to help create practical solutions and workable treatments for people suffering from Cervicogenic Headaches.
Symptoms of Cervicogenic Headache
Patients suffering from this headache disorder report pronounced symptoms when they move their head and neck or when they remain in certain postures or positions for long periods of time.
Other CGH symptoms include:
- Muscle tenderness
- Shoulder or arm pain that occurs on the same side that the headache has affected
- Neck pain
- Possible dizziness
- Increased tenderness of the joints around the neck
How We Diagnose and Treat CGH
For most patients suffering from CGH, physical therapy provides quick relief. Oklahoma Physical Therapy has experienced physical therapists who will conduct an array of tests, including comprehensive musculoskeletal exams, designed to identify the structures around the neck that are the real culprits of your CGH. Based on your test results, the physical therapists will design a customized treatment plan for you. Schedule your appointment today.