Tulsa Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

We see a great number of folks with headaches in our Tulsa office, and Dr. Bogan has been able to help many of them. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50 percent of all adults deal with some kind of headache disorder, so this really isn’t a surprise. One of the most common varieties of headaches that our patients endure is cervicogenic headache which, thankfully, chiropractic can often help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Defined

A cervicogenic headache is one that arises from issues in the cervical spine. It can easily be thanks to a condition with either the spine itself (primarily, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be because of a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine leads to compression or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.

How do you tell if the headache you are feeling is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from getting a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps

Because cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is causing them is corrected, it is important to receive treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that can provide a considerable amount of headache pain relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers followed 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Half got chiropractic care and the other 50% engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic delivered the best effects.

Specifically, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments offered patients more significant pain relief and reduced the number of headaches that occurred. In addition to that, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Bogan can do for you and your headaches, call us 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/
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