Cervicogenic headache describes pain referred to the head from a source in the cervical spine1. The diagnosis of this disorder is controversial. Some authorities believe that clinical criteria alone are sufficient while others, including the International Headache Society, require confirmatory tests to establish the diagnosis7. A multidisciplinary approach is often required to adequately manage this disorder. The purpose of the current review is to provide an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headache. Further discussion focuses on associated disorders including whiplash, a common cause of cervicogenic headache.

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