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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I fix my chronic headaches following a neck injury?

    Hi, I hit my neck against the bedhead more than a year ago, and since then I have been having chronic headaches, cognitive impairment, blurred vision, among many others.

    I did a brain MRI and brain angio which were normal, and I'm doing a cervical MRI next week. What treatments should I follow, other diagnosis tests should I do, and how are my chances of getting better ?.
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    Dr. Danny Diab


    Dr Danny Diab is situated at Proactive Spine & Sports Medicine in Narellan NSW. His clinical interests extend far beyond the traditional neck and back … View Profile

    Chronic headaches can be very worrying and also frustrating when you cannot find a diagnosis. Headaches can have various causes, and it is great that the MRI and brain angiogram have ruled out any sinister causes.

    However another potential trigger of headaches can be dysfunction of the upper cervical spine (neck). The nerves from the upper neck communicate with the nerves in the head, and so any irritation or dysfunction of these joints can contribute to headaches.
    You have described that you hit your neck against the bedhead over a year ago. This may have been enough force to disrupt the proper function of the delicate joints in your neck.

    There are a number of other factors, such as your ages, stress levels, occupation, sleep posture and habits, any other recent or previous accidents or traumas etc that need to be determined as they may contribute to the headaches.
    My suggestion would be to consult a local chiropractor who would perform a thorough history taking and physical examination to determine the exact cause of your headaches.

    If the neck is found to be contributing to the headaches, the aim of treatment would be to improve function and stability of the neck and correcting any muscle imbalances. Very effective treatment options include spinal manipulation, muscle release techniques, dry needling, and corrective spinal and postural exercises.
    As a chiropractor, I have seen numerous patients who suffer from very similar symptoms to yours, and luckily the majority respond very well to chiropractic treatment.

    Danny Diab
    Camden Chiropractor

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    Jordan Garuccio


    I am fully qualified and registered acupuncturist working in Melbourne in the suburbs of Abbotsford and West Footscray.I specialise in pain disorders ranging from: musculoskeltal … View Profile

    I would have to agree with Danny here in that the problem maybe linked ot the dysfunction of the cervical spine. 

    Acupuncture is an effective way to treat this problem especially when all else has failed. It works by the use of points on the hands and feet which stimulate the production of beta-endorphins (natural pain-killers). For this specific case we would also look at the cervical neck joints and treating the surrounding muscles of the neck and upper back. More importantly there are points that target areas of the face such as the eyes where you feel some pain and have blurred vision. For headaches which is seen as excessive energy in the head, the treatment principle is to bring this energy down toward the feet. You can do this yourself at home by taking warm foot baths and massaging the soles of the feet. May not sound very scientific but it is very effective. 

    Give it a go. Hope it helps.

  • Sandra McFaul


    Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain or neck pain? Based in SYDNEY, Sandra is 1 of ONLY 15 Physiotherapists in Australia with ADVANCED … View Profile

    What treatment should you seek?  I would recommend a mechanical assessment of your neck from a trained McKenzie Method Physiotherapist. 

    Good news that your tests so far are normal. 

    One the McKenzie Method physio assess you, they will be able to give you an indication of how long it will take to get better.  The key thing they will help you with is specific exercises and postural advice.  You need to shown how to manage this problem with active treatment, rather than relying on passive treatment (where people do things to you.)

    GOOGLE…. The McKenzie Method to find out more.

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