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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 5-7

Cervicogenic Headache

Daradia – The Pain Clinic, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Mary Benita Jeyakumar
Daradia – The Pain Clinic, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/jrap.jrap_10_20

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Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache that occurs due to referred pain from the cervical region, perceived in the trigeminal nerve distribution. It is a rare entity which is often seen in patients following whiplash injuries belonging to the early 30s age group. The pain generators are facet joints, atlanto-occipital joint, intervertebral discs, neck muscles, and cervical nerves from various pathologies. Clinically, it is a side-locked headache worsened by abnormal neck postures and neck strain. The flexion–rotation test is positive in most cases. Diagnosis is made based on the ICHD-3 criteria. The mainstay of treatment involves physical therapy for 6 weeks along with psychological therapy and pain medications. Interventional pain therapy options include cervical epidural steroid injections, trigger point injections, selective nerve root injections, and radiofrequency thermal neurolysis.

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