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From the Editor
When we rst started planning for what eventually be
-came Musculoskeletal Consumer Review or MCR aswe call it, we asked ourselves - “Does the world needanother collection of articles on health conditions?”. Soasked the people who knew best - our clients.Surprisingly, the answer was yes. But with a fewcaveats.First, write to them as intelligent people but who happen
to have limited knowledge on maers of health.
Second, don’t barrage them with jargon. Most did notappreciate being swamped with jargon.
Last but not least, they wanted interesting and dierent
topics. There are literally thousands of musculoskeletalconditions but only a few common conditions get
wrien up on all the time.
So with these few conditions in hand, we wrote clear lyand simply. We pitched the articles somewhere betweena lay-person and a medical professional. And we lookedat conditions less frequently covered by other sourcesof information.This journal collects a selection of articles from our main
site. We hope that you nd them useful if not interesting
and that we kept faith the few caveats above.Cindy TanEditor, Musculoskeletal Review
MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH GROUP
ave you ever had the feeling thatyour headache is somehow relatedto the pain in your neck? How thatit is such a coincidence that every time your
headache is preceded by the sti neck that youare experiencing? You are not imagining it! It is
what the medical community calls cervicogenicheadaches, which means headaches originatingfrom the neck.
What are the usual complaints
from people who suer from
Most suerers complain of a
deep dull ache starting from the base of the skull to the top of thehead, usually over just one sideof the head. It may be presenton both sides if the neck pain
and stiness are on both sides
of the neck. Other complaintsinclude feeling pressure at the back of the eye and discomfortin the jaw.
Another symptom that conrms
the diagnosis is the presenceof tenderness when pressure isapplied over area of the cervicalspine immediately under theskull. In some cases, whenpressure is applied for long
enough, suerers feel some relief
from the headache.
What are some of the activitiesthat aggravate this condition?
Typically, activities that require the neck to bein a sustained strained position for a prolongedperiod of time will aggravate this problem. The
neck posture is oen faulty, the head is turned ortilted to one side or suerer is adopting the “poke
chin” position.Example of such activities include reading, using
the computer especially the laptop, puing on
make up, looking up for too long or watching
Nerves to the Head
Spinal cordC1 vertebraC2 vertebraC3 vertebraNerves
source: visiblebody & core concepts