Headaches and neck pain are often associated and linked to each other. The neck pain is itself extremely challenging and headaches just add to it. Common symptoms include:
- Neck Stiffness & Soreness
- Difficulty moving the neck
Headaches along with neck aches can cause several issues, for instance:
- Visual disturbances
- Increase in the pain
- Issues with concentrating
Neck Pain and Headaches:
There are various conditions aiding in neck pain and headaches. This neck-related issue can be a symptom of conditions related to the head. Similarly, headaches can be caused due to neck-related issues. There are various types of headaches that may lead to neck pain including cluster headaches, or tension headaches.
Poor posture, stiffness, injury to the cervical spine, as well as disc herniation can lead to neck aches and headaches. One of the major causes of cervicogenic headaches includes:
- Injury to the neck – whiplash injury
- Nerve compression in the cervical spine.
This is a stabbing or throbbing pain starting from the neck and the back of the head. Cervicogenic headaches are secondary headaches that can lead to aching or dull pain on one side of the head. These can often be confused with migraines. The major difference between the two is that cervicogenic headaches occur due to a condition associated with the cervical spine.
Symptoms of Cervicogenic Headache:
Common symptoms of cervicogenic headache include the following:
- Pain on one side of the head
- Neck stiffness
- Around the eyes
- And due to certain neck postures or movements
Symptoms caused due to cervicogenic headaches can be somewhat similar to migraines as well. They include:
- Noise sensitivity
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Stomach related issues e.g., upset stomach
Depending on the severity of cervicogenic headache, symptoms can be different. For instance, it usually affects one side but depending on the severity of the pain, it can also occur on both sides of the neck.
Tips for relieving headaches caused due to neck pain:
There are several ways of relieving headaches caused due to a condition in the neck. Some of the ways to reduce pain include:
- First and foremost, maintaining a proper workplace ergonomics
- Practice a good posture
- Get enough sleep
- Watch your sleeping posture
- Increase your physical activity
- Manage the mental stress
- Try heat and cold therapy
When to seek medical attention?
If you feel stiffness in the neck, cervicogenic headache, or other spinal ailments, consult a specialist. KKT Orthopedic Spine Center offers a revolutionary non-surgical Canadian technology, for spinal ailments, and chronic back, and neck pain treatment. KKT Pakistan has qualified orthopedic surgeons in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, as well as other metropolitan cities across Pakistan. Book your appointment with KKT Orthopedic Consultants today.