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One of the best-studied musculoskeletal problems is chronic neck pain. The most common cause of chronic neck pain is facet joint disease. The facet joints are the small joints in the spine. They act as hinge joints, allowing flexion and resisting to an extent extension and rotation. Facet joints can become "diseased" by a variety of means. They are most commonly acutely injured in whiplash incidents. This can happen as a result of a motor vehicle accident, football injury, or other accident in which the neck is rapidly forced backwards. When this happens, before the muscles have a chance to react to the forces involved and try to protect the joints in the spine, the joints are thrust backwards because of the velocity of the accident. As a result, the facet joints can become injured. Another way that facet joints can become injured is through normal wear and tear of the spine. Facet joints are joints similar to any other mobile joint such as the knee...
Although most people immediately think "headache" when they think of a Migraine, there are many times when some of the accompanying symptoms are as severe and debilitating as the headache, if not more so.
One of those symptoms can be neck pain. Until fairly recently, neck pain was often overlooked as a Migraine symptom. In 2010, a study showed that it's more common in Migraine than nausea. You can find more information about this in Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .
Beyond the obvious pain, when neck pain occurs during a Migraine, it impacts Migraineurs in other ways:
Its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with treatments not working as well.
Neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability, regardless of Migraine frequency and severity.
Presence of neck pain during a Migraine is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks.
You can read more about this in Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain .
Full Question: I had a bad whiplash and a cracked sacrum in 1995 from a work related injury. From that point until now, I have suffered with migraine headaches. was awarded lifetime medical benefits for injuries sustained from the accident. Recently, I have been denied worker's compensation medical benefits based upon the premise that my headaches could no longer stem from this accident. had never had a migraine before that accident. Is it possible to have indefinite headaches caused by a brain trauma? Is there any research you could point me to? Thank you for any information you can provide. Christa. Answer: Dear Christa; Whiplash injuries, particularly of the neck are certainly known to be triggers of, or promoters of frequent Migraines. Traumatic brain injury has post-concussional Migraines and headaches as one of the top 3 symptoms after such an accident. I would look up Russell Packard’s articles on this topic published in Headache 10-12 years ago...
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