Headache Pain

UCSF Radiologist Dr. Chin explains into detail cervicogenic headaches, possible causes and symptoms.

Cervicogenic Headache

  • 0.4%-2.5% general population
  • 15-20% pain management patients
  • Overlaps primary HA disorders—tension, migraine
  • Reliable indicator: pain starts in neck radiating to frontotemporal; provocation w/neck motion

Cervicogenic Headache: Facet

  • 70% compressive force upon discs transfers to facet joints.
  • Whiplash: excessive flexion/extension
  • Referred-pain maps-similar to dermatomal maps (Dwyer A. 1990)


Professor Emeritus
Prof of Clinical Radiology

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