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Is Your Headache Really a Migraine?

By Sara Butler

If you've ever had a migraine, then you know how painful they can be. A pounding head, the pain caused by light and sound, nausea -- migraines are simply awful. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see many patients who complain of these types of headaches. But one thing many people don't realize is that these headaches may not be migraines at all, but something caused occipital nerve syndrome. Here's what you need to know about occipital nerve syndrome and how the chiropractors at The Joint may be able to help.

What is Occipital Nerve Syndrome?

Occipital nerve syndrome is also known as occipital neuralgia. It's a condition where the nerves that run over the scalp are inflamed or injured. This leads to headaches that can feel quite intense. It also causes pain in the upper neck, behind the ears, and the back of the head.

The Symptoms of Occipital Nerve Syndrome

Patients often describe the pain of occipital nerve syndrome as they would a migraine. It causes pain that can start at the base of the skull and spread out over the scalp to both sides of the head. Some people experience pain behind one or both eyes and report that simple tasks, such as brushing the hair, can trigger the pain.

The Cause of Occipital Nerve Syndrome

With occipital nerve syndrome, everyday movements can cause pain. These things include:

  • Washing hair
  • Brushing hair
  • Laying the head down on a pillow
  • Turning your head from side to side

Traumatic injuries, such as whiplash, can be the root cause of occipital nerve syndrome That's why if you've been involved in a car accident, an evaluation by a chiropractor is critical to ascertain whether you have been injured or not.

Even something as simple as tight muscles in the back and neck can cause occipital nerve syndrome by trapping or pinching the occipital nerves. Make sure to be seen by a chiropractor if you suspect you may suffer from this condition.

Get Help

The bad news is that those with occipital nerve syndrome can experience a lot of pain, but the good news is that they don't have to. This condition has been found to be effectively treated by chiropractic care, so don't delay in coming into The Joint Chiropractic today.

If you have issues with headaches, then come talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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