A pain in the neck?
Headache is an extremely prevalent problem and can be a severely disabling condition. Like most conditions we have discussed there is a huge spectrum of different types of headache with different causes all requiring different kind of treatment approaches. It is estimated that 30% of people who consult a Neurologist do so because of headaches. The International Association for the study of headache classifies 126 different types of headaches, not all with a known cause although you can see the challenge involved in identifying the cause of headaches.
Very frequently headaches are referred to as migraine, which has become a general phrase to describe headaches but is in fact a specific type of headache with a known cause and definable triggers. Migraine generally needs to be managed with specific types of drugs and very frequently the persistent migraine sufferer ends up developing secondary headaches known as chronic daily headaches.These are similar in pattern to the so-called tension type headaches, which are very prevalent and most importantly are treatable with specific physiotherapy techniques to address the neck, upper back, joints and muscles.
This can also be superimposed upon a postural joint soreness or muscle spasm pattern, which becomes another trigger to the headache. Effective management involves identifying all of the triggers and controlling them as best as possible.