This type of pain is common after whiplash injury, and originates in the upper cervical spine. Pain usually presents as a posterior headache, but it can also be projected to anywhere in the head or face. Myofascial pain (wound up tight muscular bands) can also develop. Depending on the source and/or the cause of the pain, treatment options may include:
- Diagnostic medial branch nerve blocks
- Medial branch RFA (radiofrequency ablation)
- Peripheral nerve blocks
- Sphenopalatine ganglion injection
- Trigger point injections
- Range-of-motion physical therapy
- Spinal cord stimulator
Dr. Dan Feldman explains that Cervicogenic Headaches (or cervical headaches) are identified as headaches caused by structures in the upper cervical spine. These headaches are commonly seen after a whiplash injury and are usually posterior (back of the head), but can also be projected to anywhere in the head or face.
These headaches are considered a secondary headache, meaning they usually are caused from a primary illness or physical issue (example: whiplash). Typically these sufferers might have pain coming from their neck, and their headaches are often triggered by simple activities such as brushing your hair, moving your neck, or even laying your head on a pillow
There are a few treatment options depending on the patient’s response. If a patient has been diagnosed with Cervicogenic Headaches then treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, nerve blocks, and physical therapy can help get rid of that pain.