The Prevalence of Headaches: Types and Causes
Neck pain is a very common complaint. We see dozens of people every week at our clinic in Chandlers Ford, suffering from various degrees of neck pain. Rarely is it very serious and there are very effective treatments that we can use to help resolve the problem quickly.
Whilst physiotherapy treatment can help neck pain very effectively, it is very important that you learn to help control and manage the problem yourself too or better still, take steps to help prevent it occurring in the first place.
Most of us have experienced a headache previously – the World Health Organisation has reported that:
75% of adults aged 18-65 have experienced a headache in the last year
47% of adults have experienced an episode of headache disorder – recurrent or prolonged headaches – in the last year
Around 30% of adults reported suffering from a migraine in the last year
Around 4% of adults report having a headache for over 15 days each month, known as Chronic Daily Headaches
These figures show us that headache disorder is a worldwide issue and they are ranked as the 3rd highest cause of ‘years lost due to disability’. Migraine on its own is the 6th highest cause. Headaches tends to affect women more than men – for example, for every one male reporting Chronic Daily Headaches, three women will be affected.
Headaches can also be classified into either primary or secondary
Both tension type and cervicogenic headaches are types of mechanical headaches and can be helped greatly with Physiotherapy intervention.