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Gresham Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

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Gresham Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

We see a lot of individuals with headaches in our Gresham office, and Dr. Ramsey has been able to support many of them. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults deal with some type of headache disorder, so this certainly isn’t surprising. One of the most frequent kinds of headaches that our patients are afflicted with is cervicogenic headache which, thankfully, chiropractic can usually help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Explained

A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from a problem in the cervical spine. It could be as a result of an issue with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine brings about compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.

How can you tell if the headache you are going through is a cervicogenic headache? Besides being given a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes accompanied by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps with Cervicogenic Headaches

Considering cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is inducing them is remedied, it is crucial to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that offers a considerable amount of pain relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists looked at 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Half were given chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the best effects.

Specifically, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments gave patients more pain relief and diminished the frequency of headaches that occurred. In addition to that, it also mitigated the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Ramsey can do for you and your headache pain, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

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/
November 01, 2021
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Dr. Robert Ramsey and the talented team at Gresham Family Chiropractic have been providing the best chiropractic care available to patients in Gresham, OR since 1997. We treat many conditions related to back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sciatica. Dr. Ramsey also specializes in the treatment of auto accident injuries and work injuries sustained on the job.