Cervicogenic headache has been receiving considerable attention in the literature the last few years. A new study from Norway provides some new information that can aid clinicians in diagnosing cervicogenic headache and differentiating it from other types of headache. The study compared 90 headache patients to 51 control subjects in regard to neck range of motion. The headache patients were further divided into three groups by headache type: migraine (28), tension-type (34), and cervicogenic (28). Each test subject was given a thorough range of motion examination. When the controls, migraine patients, and the tension-type patients were compared, the author found no significant difference in ROM between any of the groups; the cervicogenic patients, however, showed significantly lower ROM in flexion/extension and rotation. There was no difference in lateral flexion. On average, the cervicogenic headache patients showed an approximately 13% reduction in rotation and a 17% reduction in flexion/extension. “The present findings indicate that there are pathophysiological differences between [cervicogenic headache], [tension headache], and [migraine]. The study concludes by stating that a careful examination of ROM is critical in confirming a diagnosis of cervicogenic headache. Zwart JA. Neck mobility in different headache disorders. Headache 1997;37:6-11.
During a rear-end collision, the head and torso are thrust in opposite directions in a very short period of time. So it is not surprising that most of the symptoms of whiplash are centered in that part of the body between the head and the torso — the neck.
The neck is made up of a complex network of bones, discs, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles — and all of them can be injured in a crash. Watch the video below or browse our articles to learn more about neck pain caused by whiplash.
Neck pain is a common pain symptom experienced by most of us. Most neck pain begins with some kind of trauma, but sometimes the origin is difficult to identify.
With all neck pain—no matter what the cause—the pain itself tells us that there is some kind of problem in the functioning of the different parts of the spine.
The human spine is an amazingly versatile and complex structure that provides support, protects the internal organs and nervous system, but at the same time allows incredible flexibility and movement.
Many different pieces have to work together to maintain a healthy spine. The spinal cord and nerves of the back are the communication lines between the brain and the rest of the body. The bones of the spine—or the vertebrae—protect those nerves. The vertebrae are separated by fibrous discs. The ligaments of the spine hold the vertebrae together. And the muscles attach to the vertebrae and provide stability and allow us to move.
When all of these pieces are working together in harmony, we’re not even aware of them. When one piece fails to work properly, all of the other parts are affected, as well. The role of chiropractic is to make sure that all of the pieces work together the way they’re supposed to.Here are some articles that discuss the benefits of chiropractic for neck pain.