ChiroACCESS Clinical Review



Cervicogenic Headache: Prevention

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Lead Author(s): 

Dwain M. Daniel, D.C.

  

How this evidence was rated:

Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT)



Published on

January 2, 2007

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The recognition of cervicogenic headache (CH) as a distinct and separate form of headache is relatively recent. First mentioned in the literature in the late 1940s, it wasn’t until 1983 that the descriptive term “cervicogenic headache” was coined by Sjaastad et al (1). Many conditions have existed throughout the ages, yet have only limited information as to risk factors and prevention. It should not be surprising that only one risk factor--trauma, usually whiplash injury--has been published in the scientific literature for CH.

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References

1. 

Sjaastad O, Saunte C., Hovdahl H et al. "Cervicogenic" headache. A hypothesis. Cephalalgia 1983; 55:841-848.



2. 

Chou LH, Lenrow DA. Cervicogenic headache. Pain Physician 2002; 5(2):215-225.



3. 

Lord SM, Barnsley L, Wallis BJ, Bogduk N. Third occipital nerve headache: a prevalence study. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1994; 57(10):1187-1190.