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Common Causes or Origins of Headaches
More than 90 percent of headaches can be classified as muscle tension, migraine or cervicogenic. Listed below are some of the most common origins of headaches.
Headaches that are caused by neck injuries are called cervicogenic headaches. They can come on as a result of a sprain/strain injury, a disc injury, or muscle tension in the neck.
Muscle tension headaches are caused by muscle spasm or tight and stiff muscles on the back of the head. They are typically mild to moderate in severity and are often described as tight, stiff or constricting. They can make one feel like they have something wrapped around their head, pressing tightly. The pain from this type of headache usually starts on the back of the head at the base of the skull.
Headaches are one of the most common side effects of a concussion and post concussive syndrome. Click here for more details about concussions and post concussive syndrome.
"Combination headache" is a term I use to describe a headache that comes from a combination of the above three types of headaches. I frequently see patients that have been in an auto collision and are experiencing headaches as a result of a concussion, neck injury, and muscle tension.
Migraines are periodic, severe, throbbing headaches that afflict fewer people than cervicogenic and muscle tension headaches. They usually hurt more on one side of the head than the other. They are frequently associated with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and visual disturbances. The classic presentation of a migraine headache includes a pre-headache "aura." The aura is usually a visual disturbance that occurs 15 to 30 minutes before the headache starts. A few common triggers of a migraine headache include; stress, hormonal fluctuations, certain foods, head injuries, and exertion/fatigue.
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