A headache can occur in any part of the head, on both sides of the head, or in just one location.
There are two different types of headaches:
Primary headaches: Primary headaches are stand-alone illnesses caused directly by the overactivity of, or problems with, structures in the head that are pain-sensitive. This includes the blood vessels, muscles, and nerves of the head and neck. Common primary headaches include migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches.
The literature indicates neck pain and cervical muscle tension are common and prominent symptoms of primary headache disorders. The head pain may actually arise from bony structures or soft tissues of the neck, a condition known as cervicogenic headache. Cervicogenic headache can be a perplexing pain disorder that is refractory to treatment if it is not recognized.
Secondary headaches: Secondary headaches are symptoms that happen when another condition stimulates the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. In other words, the headache symptoms can be attributed to another cause such as brain tumor, blood clots, bleeding in brain or around the brain.
If you are experiencing headache, please make an appointment for a comprehensive exam.
- Cervicogenic headaches
- Tension headaches
- Headaches with TMJ components
- Migraine headaches