Cervicogenic headache is referred pain perceived in the head from a source in the neck. Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue. In the case of cervicogenic headache, the cause is a neck disorder or lesion.
A cervicogenic headache presents as a steady, non-throbbing pain at the back and base of the skull, sometimes extending downward into the neck and between the shoulder blades. Pain may be felt behind the brow and forehead, even though the problem originates from the cervical spine.
In addition to a throbbing head pain, symptoms of a cervicogenic headache may include:
A cervicogenic headache can be debilitating and recurrent, but several techniques can help you manage pain and prevent further occurrences.
Your doctor will first confirm that you have a cervicogenic headache. Your doctor may apply pressure to different parts of your neck or base of your head to determine where your pain originates, and to see if a particular spot is triggering a headache. Your doctor may also see if different neck positioning provokes a headache to occur. If either of these things cause a headache, this means the headache is cervicogenic.