A cervicogenic headache is a condition in which pain develops from the cervical spine as a result of an injured disc, arthritis, whiplash or other factors, causing severe pain, throbbing, nausea and sensitivity to light. Similar to a migraine, this condition can vary in severity and is more common in women. Symptoms usually occur on a daily basis and can interfere with a person’s everyday life.
Treatment for a cervicogenic headache often involves a combination of approaches, including physical therapy, occipital nerve block, relaxation techniques or surgery for severe cases. Alternative treatments such as selective upper cervical spinal injections and occipital nerve stimulation therapy are very effective in relieving pain and reducing the frequency of flare-ups for this type of headache.