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What Causes Upper Neck Pain Near To Base Of Skull?

She woke up with severe pain in the upper left side of her upper neck (at the base of the skull) initially this was coupled with headaches..about 3 to 4 days...but now at the 5th day headaches have subsided. The pain area is very tender and painful to the touch. She went to Chiropractor for an adjustment but it was of no help.
Any thoughts
Tue, 16 Jun 2015
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Hi and welcome to HCM.
The history of the condition you mentioned is suggestive of migraine, or a cervicogenic headache, which is it is caused due to stiffness in cervical spine due to bad posture.
A few simple neck exercises will be helpful , like :
1. Chin tuck in exercise,
2. Side stretching neck exercise
3. Side to side rotations

To be done frequently, with minimum of 5 repetitions spread 3-4 times in a day.

During the headache avoid , lights and music, this may aggravate the headache. Instead make a towel roll and place it under the neck and lie down for a few minutes, try to gently press it in between for a hold of 10 seconds.
DONTS:
Lie in prone position, it effects the cervical spine curvature negatively, leading to more stiffness.

Physical therapy will prove more beneficial than chiro in this regard.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Take care and have a nice day :)
Regards,
Dr.Nidhi Sood (PT)

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What Causes Upper Neck Pain Near To Base Of Skull?

Hi and welcome to HCM. The history of the condition you mentioned is suggestive of migraine, or a cervicogenic headache, which is it is caused due to stiffness in cervical spine due to bad posture. A few simple neck exercises will be helpful , like : 1. Chin tuck in exercise, 2. Side stretching neck exercise 3. Side to side rotations To be done frequently, with minimum of 5 repetitions spread 3-4 times in a day. During the headache avoid , lights and music, this may aggravate the headache. Instead make a towel roll and place it under the neck and lie down for a few minutes, try to gently press it in between for a hold of 10 seconds. DONTS: Lie in prone position, it effects the cervical spine curvature negatively, leading to more stiffness. Physical therapy will prove more beneficial than chiro in this regard. I hope this information is helpful to you. Take care and have a nice day :) Regards, Dr.Nidhi Sood (PT)