Headache or migrane can be annoying or downright debilitating. You can take some Panadol or Nurofen or maybe go and see your GP. You tell your GP when you get your headaches, how they feel, how they affect you (your symptoms). He or she will then, most likely give a diagnosis based on the presentation of these symptoms. A diagnosis does not establish the cause of your pain. The symptoms are then primarily treated with medication which at best temporarily masks the pain but does not treat the cause.
Peter Rothbart MD and Director of Rothbart Pain Management Clinic in Canada stated…
“Approximately 800 new headache patients per year are examined at our clinic. An estimated 80% of these patients are diagnosed with cervicogenic headache. Of these patients, almost none are referred with this diagnosis. Physicians are not taught to consider or explore neck structures when investigating headaches. This results in a rarely diagnosed but common condition.” “One of the confusing phenomena about the cervicogenic headache is that its symptoms can present as migraine headaches, tension-type headaches or even cluster headaches.” Rothbart P. The cervicogenic headache: A pain in the neck. Can J Diagnos 1996; 13: 64–71.
(Dr. Peter Rothbart, Anaesthetist, Director, Rothbart Pain Management Clinic, 16 York Mills Road Toronto, Ontario – internationally recognized clinician and researcher)
More and more research is establishing the link between dysfunctional structures (joints, ligaments &/or disk material) and pain felt in our face, head and neck. Skilled examination and clinical reasoning can remove the need for guess work.
So if you have a friend or colleague who has headache or migraine please let them know that our senior physiotherapist, Susan Bauman can help by providing a skilled assessment of the upper cervical (neck) spine and work out if the neck is the cause of or contributing to their headache or migraine. (No cracking or twisting is involved)
It could be the first step to a headache or migrane free life. Wouldn’t that be nice?