Almost 20% of headaches are of the cervicogenic variety, meaning they are caused directly by the cervical spine (neck). The pain of cervicogenic headache is usually on one side of the head; it originates in the neck and then spreads towards the front of the head. The headache starts as intermittent episodes and then progresses to an almost continuous pain. Pain may be triggered or exacerbated by neck movement or a particular neck position; it can also be triggered by applying pressure over certain parts of the neck. One of the most prominent causes of a cervicogenic headache is simply undergoing an excessive amount of stress to your neck and spine, often due to bad posture or repetitive strain of the muscles surrounding the neck. The pain that is felt may be a dull ache, sharp, throbbing, constant, mild, or intense.
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