50% Reduction in Cervicogenic Headache with Chiropractic

Cervicogenic Headache Chiropractic KeizerDid you know that "whiplash" doesn't just refer to neck injuries? Whiplash-associated disorders after auto injuries can cause a range of symptoms including neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, headache, and dizziness. One of the most common secondary conditions to whiplash is cervicogenic headaches. These headaches get their name from where they derive--in the cervical spine, or neck. An injury to the neck--be that a ligament or tendon strain, tear or pull can cause inflammation that irritates the nerves leading from the neck to the back of the head and above the eyes. The result is an intense headache that resembles a migraine or tension-type headache. 

The best way to treat this headache is to address the pain at its very root in the cervical spine. Chiropractors, like your Salem chiropractor Dr. Bhasin, are specially equipped to address cervicogenic headaches after auto injuries because of their extensive training in spinal conditions. Research demonstrates that chiropractic care is effective for cervicogenic headache. A 2010 study published in The Spine Journal compared chiropractic spinal adjustments to a sham treatment in 80 patients with chronic cervicogenic headache.

Compared to the sham treatment, the chiropractic patients were significantly more likely to achieve at least a 50% reduction in pain. They also reported using 33% less pain medication than at the start of the study. Patients who received 16 sessions of chiropractic had slightly better improvements in neck disability than patients who received only 8 sessions.  More recent studies have confirmed the effectiveness of chiropractic for CGH.

These findings demonstrate what Dr. Bhasin and her team witness everyday in their Keizer office: that chiropractic can produce meaningful, measurable improvements in cervicogenic headache. If a car accident or work injury has left you suffering from persistent headaches, call our office in Keizer, OR to start leading a healthier life today.


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