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Headache pain is felt in the head or upper neck of the body. The pain originates from the tissues and structures that surround the brain because the brain itself has no nerves that give rise to the sensation of pain (pain fibers). The periosteum that surrounds bones; muscles that encase the skull, sinuses, eyes, and ears; and meninges that cover the surface of the brain and spinal cord, arteries, veins, and nerves, all can become inflamed or irritated to cause a headache. This pain is a dull ache that may be sharp, throbbing, constant, mild, or intense.
Three Major Categories of Headaches
There are three major categories of headache based upon the source of the pain:
- Primary headaches: The most common types of primary headaches are tension, migraine and cluster. It occurs when pain-sensitive structures in the head do not work properly.
- Secondary headaches: These are a symptom of an injury or an underlying illness.
- Cranial neuralgia, facial pain and other headaches.
Causes of Headaches
Headaches are caused by different factors.
Primary headaches are caused directly by the over activity of, or problems with, structures in the head that are pain-sensitive. This includes the blood vessels, muscles and nerves of the head and neck, as well as chemical activity taking place inside the brain.
A number of conditions can cause secondary headaches, ranging in severity from an alcohol-induced hangover to a brain tumor. It can also be the result of conditions such as stroke, but can equally be a consequence of eating cold food too quickly. The following list can cause secondary headaches:
- Blood clots
- Brain freeze (ice cream headaches)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Overuse of pain medication (rebound headaches)
- Panic attacks
When to Seek Medical Care
Some headaches may be a sign of a serious illness. You need medical care when you experience one or more of the following:
- Your headache is affecting your daily activity.
- Your headache comes on suddenly and is explosive or violent.
- You are experiencing slurred speech, a change in vision, problems moving your arms or legs, loss of balance, confusion, or memory loss with your headache.
- Your headache doesn’t get better even after 24 hours.
- You have fever, stiff neck, nausea, and vomiting with your headache.
- Your headache occurs with a head injury.
- Your headache is severe and there is redness in one eye.
- Your headaches are associated with vision problems, pain while chewing, or weight loss.
- You have a history of cancer and develop a new headache.
Are You Suffering with Headaches and Need Medical Care? Call IMC
Headaches can be a symptom of a serious condition. Seek medical care in order to diagnose and treat the pain and avoid further pain or damages. Call IMC today for a personalized treatment plan. We have an experienced pain management team who will listen and discuss your pain and treat you accordingly. Call 845-535-9884.
We serve Spring Valley, New City and Nanuet in Rockland.
Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain. It can be caused by disorders and diseases. It is a common medical condition. Some common conditions which can cause neck pain are degenerative disc disease, neck strain, neck injury such as in whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. Neck pain can also come from common infections, such as a virus infection of the throat, leading to lymph node (gland) swelling and neck pain.
Infections, such as tuberculosis of the neck, infection of the spine bones in the neck (osteomyelitis and septic discitis), and meningitis (often accompanied by neck stiffness) can also cause neck pain. And certain conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck, such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica can also lead to neck pain.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
Neck pain can be identified by the following symptoms:
- Dull aching
- Discomfort with movement of the neck or turning the head
- Sharp shooting pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swishing sounds in the head
- Dizziness or light headedness
- Lymph node (gland) swelling
- Facial pain
- Shoulder pain
- Arm numbness or tingling (upper extremity paraesthesia)
Treatment for Neck Pain
Treatment options include:
- Rest, heat or cold applications
- Traction and/or soft-collar traction
- Physical therapy (ultrasound, massage, manipulation)
- Local injections of cortisone or anesthetics
- Topical anesthetic creams
- Topical pain-relief patches
- Muscle relaxants
- Surgical procedures
- Alternative treatments used for chronic neck pain include acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
Chiropractic is an approach that manipulates the spine and joints to relieve neck pain. It’s a therapy that does not involve medication. For neck pain in particular, chiropractic neck adjustments, called cervical manipulation can be performed. It loosens the joints of the cervical vertebrae in the neck. This can reduce pain caused by pinched nerves and muscle spasms. Chiropractors use their hands to twist the neck sharply and snap the vertebrae back into alignment.
Need Help For Your Neck Pain? Call IMC
Spring Valley, New City, and Nanuet in Rockland
At IMC, we have expert and experienced pain management teams. They are specialists in various advanced chiropractic and other therapies and techniques which can alleviate your neck pain and help you lead a pain free life. Your ailment will be treated by our highly qualified team of professionals. To better serve you, our treatments are based entirely on your specific needs. Call 845-535-9884 for a personalized treatment plan.
Disclaimer: Information on this page is not a substitute for medical consultation or advice. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss the best treatments for you.