by Alan Jordan
As well as causing you discomfort, neck pain can also lead to related headaches for many patients. Interestingly, women are four times more likely to suffer from these type of headaches but male patients can encounter them too.
What is a neck pain headache?
There are many different types of headaches and they can share similar symptoms, but neck pain headaches are caused by a problem within the neck area. It is thought that they are caused by referred pain in the soft tissues and bone structures of the neck.
Symptoms that indicate a headache is caused by neck pain include restricted movement in the neck area and altered posture. Moving the neck, especially by bending the head back and forth or rotating it, may lead to a headache and the muscles in the neck and upper shoulder area may be very tender to touch.
If you think that you are experiencing neck pain headaches, then you can seek professional advice so you can have your symptoms assessed and begin treatment that will relieve the pain.
Treating neck headaches
Neck pain headaches can be treated with medication and physical treatment. Medication, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics and muscle relaxants can help both on their own and alongside physical treatments.
Physical treatment such as spinal manipulation has been shown to be very effective and it is helpful when followed with the right types of exercise.
Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic has a special headache team who can diagnose your problem and devise a treatment plan that is specially tailored to your symptoms.
The team is led by a Consultant Neurologist and he will carry out the initial examination and identify the most appropriate course of treatment for you. This allows our team of medical and physical treatment specialists to ease your symptoms as quickly and effectively as possible.
To learn more about neck pain and headaches, read our Broadgate Journal article.