How Do You Treat Cervicogenic Headaches?
Generally, cervicogenic headaches are treated most effectively with a multi-faceted approach.
Since no real studies have been done, this information is gleaned from anecdotal evidence.
- Pain Medications: Although considered a temporary fix, pharmaceuticals can be helpful to survive a headache and relieve the stress the pain causes. Generally, a combination of medicines for migraines, NSAIDs, and perhaps anti-convulsive, antidepressant, or muscle relaxants can be helpful. Narcotic medicines are not considered effective in this case. Important: You must discuss these medicines with your primary care practitioner since the side effects need to be monitored with regular blood work.
- Manual Therapy: Manipulation of the musculoskeletal system can help correct the misalignment. Reputable chiropractors, osteopathic doctors who specialize in manipulation, and physiotherapists can help realign the joints, often permanently, after a series of visits.
- Physical and Occupational Therapy: Physical therapy can help treat cervicogenic headaches. Both of these therapies are important modalities to help you correct posture and other lifestyle habits that created the misalignment and muscle spasms in the first place. Long-term results are the goal and are achievable for most people.