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Posted by Bob P ( on January 31, 2001 at 10:15:09:

In Reply to: Chiropractic care posted by Joy on January 31, 2001 at 10:08:11:

Cervicogenic Headache Definition
Dr. Peter Rothbart, President of the World Cervicogenic Headache Society, explains cervicogenic headache, "Cervicogenic headache is a headache which has its origin in the area of the neck. The source of pain is found in structures around the neck which have been damaged. These structures can include joints, ligaments, muscles, and cervical discs, all of which have complex nerve endings. When these structures are damaged, the nerve endings send pain signals up the pathway from the upper nerves of the neck to the brain. During this process they intermingle with the nerve fibers of the trigeminal nerve. Since the trigeminal nerve is responsible for the perception of head pain, the patient therefore experiences the symptoms of headache."
While many patients who are diagnosed with cervicogenic headache have the traditional symptoms of tension headache, some of the patients who have the traditional symptoms of migraine (and cluster migraine) headache also respond to cervicogenic headache diagnosis and treatment.

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