As the name implies, a cervicogenic headache is caused by an injury or illness in your cervical spine, which is the top of the spine in your neck. While they can be very painful, affecting one side of your head, the good news is that they’re usually easy to treat once the cause of the pain is determined. Cervicogenic headache treatment involves addressing the problem in your spine, whether through physical therapy, nerve block injections, or more direct treatment to heal or fix the issue. Dr. Amr Hosny of the Advanced Headache Center in Midtown Manhattan and northern New Jersey is the expert headache specialist to resolve your cervicogenic headache. Call today for an appointment.
A cervicogenic headache stems from the pain that originates in your neck. From there, it radiates towards the front of your head. A cervicogenic headache falls in the category of secondary headaches, which means it’s caused by another illness or physical issue, unlike primary headaches such as migraines.
Other headaches can cause neck pain or tension headaches, but a pain management specialist understands the different types of headaches and the need to correct your diagnosis. Cervicogenic headaches affect the quality of your life due to the debilitating pain and other symptoms. For this reason, you require a careful diagnosis before starting early and appropriate treatment.
At the Advanced Headache Center, with offices in Manhattan and Bergen County, New Jersey, Dr. Amr Hosny uses advanced diagnostics and migraine treatment techniques. A Harvard-trained headache specialist treats headaches and migraines with such modalities as occipital nerve blocks and Botox injections.
The pain and symptoms related to cervicogenic headaches, which are similar to other headaches, sometimes lead to misdiagnosis. To determine if you have this type of headache, you must go to a specialist like Dr. Hosny. Commonly, your symptoms include:
Your treatment starts with the correct diagnosis. To avoid a misdiagnosis and guarantee effective cervicogenic headache treatment, consult Dr. Hosny. He’s a board-certified headache specialist who relies on an integrative, multidisciplinary approach to headache treatment.
While you feel the pain of a cervicogenic headache primarily in your head, its source is located elsewhere. The pain that reaches your head radiates there, which fools many people. But a trained specialist like Dr. Hosny understands that the pain actually comes from your cervical spine. So the source or sources of your head pain may involve your:
Cervicogenic headaches occur due to an underlying medical condition or physical injury to one of the anatomical structures above. Most are in or around your cervical spine, so you may have a cervicogenic headache if it’s caused by:
Dr. Hosny at the Advanced Headache Center has the latest medical equipment to diagnose your type of headache and identify the cause. Only then can he begin the most appropriate treatment for you.
After a thorough diagnosis, your doctor creates an individualized treatment plan for you. Dr. Hosny usually starts with the least invasive techniques first, depending on the severity of your condition. Cervicogenic headache treatment options include:
Severe cases may require minimally invasive surgical techniques. Still, most often, a cervicogenic headache, without other debilitating symptoms, indicates a milder issue that responds well to the cervicogenic headache treatments listed above. For an accurate diagnosis, the first step toward treatment, contact Dr. Hosny and his team at the Advanced Headache Center nearest you. They have eight offices between Midtown Manhattan and Paramus, NJ.