In Australia, 70% of people will experience neck pain at some stage in their life.
Of all neck pain, 25% will resolve within 3 weeks, 55% by 6 weeks and 70% will completely recover by 3 months. The remainder take longer, and a small portion of this group includes either serious cases, or they will develop into a condition known as Chronic Pain.
Persistent or recurrent neck pain is not uncommon.
Neck pain and dysfunction can also cause headaches, otherwise known as cervicogenic headaches.
Sitting-based professions, overhead workers, and nearly every single sport can develop neck pain. Whiplash following motor vehicle accidents are also common.
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Why does my neck pain give me a headache?
Headaches have a wide range of causes including stress, high blood pressure, and even dehydration. However one of the most common reasons for a headache is actually the soft tissue of your neck. What makes it tricky is sometimes there is no neck pain associated. Often the injury at the neck refers pain upwards to the base of the skull or even towards the forehead, producing a headache. The presence of muscle spasm (if any) associated with neck pain can also produce a headache.
Severe headache, especially a “thunderclap” headache (high intensity headache that comes on suddenly) should always be assessed by your GP.