Neck pain with headaches
Neck pain often times occurs with headaches which maybe on one side or both sides of the head and are precipitated/aggravated by neck movements and/or sustained positions/postures.
Common exam findings include lacking neck rotation (or range of motion deficits in other directions), headaches reproduced with provocation of the involved cervical segments, neck stiffness and/or deficits in strength/endurance/coordination of the neck muscles.
Treatments include mobilizations and/or manipulation to both the neck and upper back, strengthening/endurance exercises, motor control (coordination) training of the neck and upper back muscles and dry needling to relieve muscle tension.
- “Neck Pain Guidelines: Revision 2017: Using The Evidence To Guide Physical Therapist Practice,” Vol 47, no. 7, 2017, pp. 511-512. Journal Of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2017.0507.
We define patient-centered goals as what you hope to accomplish from physical therapy. While these are typically activity-specific goals, often patients report they just wish to experience less pain.
Cervicogenic dizziness is dizziness related to problems in the neck. Some people experience dizziness that may be related to problems arising from the cervical spine or neck.
Approximately 35% of adults over age 40 in the United States have experienced dizziness and/or imbalance due to some type of vestibular disorder; that’s approximately 69 million Americans!