Frozen Shoulder Solved

Today we hear from one of our Physical Therapists in Queens Sneha Dhareshwar who gives us some professional insight into some of the most annoying
mysteries humans face: Neck Pain, and Headaches! 

Take it away Sneha!

Neck Pain and Headache Mysteries Solved! 

Are you suffering from neck pain and headaches regularly??

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of an associated neck pain. Headaches are often neglected as stress or fatigue or a casual long day at work. The headaches caused with neck and shoulder region pain are called cervicogenic headaches. 

Cervicogenic headaches account for 18-20% of chronic headaches. This pain that begins at the base of the neck and shoulder region, radiates to the head which can often mask symptoms of migraine including nausea and dizziness.

Symptoms of cervicogenic headaches:

  • Gradual onset of non-pulsating, nagging, and constant pain at the base of the head/skull.
  • Headache is aggrevated with movement on the neck. 
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulder area.
  • Difficulty in turning in bed or looking around.
  • Associated tingling numbness in the arm.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Contributing factors to this are

  • Whiplash accident (car or otherwise).
  • Poor posture.
  • Trigger points/knots.
  • Locked facet joints.
  • Arthritic/degenerative changes in the cervical spine. 
  • Poor desk set up and ergonomics.
  • Muscle imbalance.
  • Weakness in the neck muscles.

Treatment for cervicogenic headaches

  • Medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Injections as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Physical Therapy.

Physical Therapy plays a crucial role in treatment of neck pain and headaches. With a thorough and extensive evaluation of your neck, posture, job description,  an individualized treatment protocol is developed for you which can include (mobilization, trigger point therapy, stretching and strengthening, kinesio taping and posture correction).

So rather than waiting to get the neck pain and the associated headache it is certainly best to see a physical therapist first and see if there are any preventive things that can be done. Wouldn’t you rather fix your posture than subscribe to medications?

As we say, “Live Healthy, Live Happy!”