Cluster Headache Following Trauma

August 12, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Clinical experience suggests a skilled examination of the neck in cluster headache sufferers

Clinical experience suggests a skilled examination of the neck in cluster headache sufferers

My experience with cluster headache includes a patient who developed cluster headache 2-3 months after a whiplash accident – and treatment of his subsequent neck disorder has meant that he has been pain-free for 5 years.

A recent case study describes the onset of cluster headache after mild head trauma – and whilst most attention is given to the possibility of some trauma to structures inside the head, the neck has to stop either the moving head in relation to the body or the body in relation to the head and (the neck) is likely to be injured.

My clinical experience suggests that it is important for a skilled examination of the neck in cluster headache sufferers.

Cheers

Dean

(Lambru G et al. Post-Traumatic Cluster Headache: From the Periphery to the Central Nervous System? Headache 2009;(49)7:1059-1061)

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Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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