Symptoms: Vertebrogenic headaches are often described as a dull, constant ache on one side of the head that includes tenderness in the neck region. The pain normally starts in the neck, then travels to behind the eyes, and in some cases to the ears and the top or side of the head. Vertebrogenic headaches may last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks.
Overview: All headaches are not created equal. If you are experiencing a headache that involves pain, or lack of movement in your neck, chances are you are suffering from either a vertebrogenic or myogenic headache. Vertebrogenic headaches are cause from dysfunctional or irritated vertebrae. Myogenic headaches are caused by strained or irritated neck muscles.
A leading cause of vertebrogenic headaches is bad posture. Those at risk for this type of headache include individuals who spend prolonged periods of time at a keyboard, truck drivers and car mechanics, as they are prone to long periods of bad posture during their work. Poor posture may result in neck abnormalities, which in turn can affect the function of the cervical spine, which in turn leads to subluxations (stuck or misaligned joints) and spinal joint dysfunction.
Another cause of vertebrogenic headaches are automobile accidents that result in injuries to the head or neck, such as whiplash. Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. can determine the cause of these headaches and plan a course of pro-active treatment to reduce the frequency, duration and intensity of your headaches.