Headache pain is a leading cause of medical care in the United States. For many adults, the complications with headache pain may be associated with migraine headache complications or complications associated with stress and fatigue. For some adults, however, the complications of headache pain may be caused from a quite different health risk.
The xiphoid process, located at the bottom of the sternum and rib cage, may be the culprit behind sudden headache pain syndrome in some adults. Because there are several anatomical connections to the xiphoid process, when trauma or injury occurs, each of the anatomical processes may experience a residual pain effect. In medical terms, this complication is commonly referred to as xiphodynia.
If you suffer from headache pain that seems to be associated with pain in your neck, throat and upper abdominal, this may be a sign of a complication involving your xiphoid process. When palpitated, your xiphoid process may be tender to the touch, indicative of a stress fracture or strain to that region.
When considering treatment options for your headache pain, therefore, it is important to consider complications that may be associated with the xiphoid region. Rather than assuming narcotic or other pain relievers are necessary, you may want to consider a more natural approach to healing.
For the headache pain sufferer who confirms their pain is associated with a xiphodynia, treatment usually involves physical therapy, ultrasound, hot and cold pack therapy and the use of an elastic rib belt. In addition, lidocaine injections, coupled with steroids, usually provide the best option at alleviating pain and, ultimately reducing your frequency of headaches.
With proper chiropractic care, most headache pain sufferers fin their complications are alleviated in as little as four weeks from initiation of treatment. While you may be inclined, during this period, to use narcotics or pain relievers, it is important to avoid these remedies as they will mask and therapeutic benefit of the chiropractic care. If, however, your pain is quite significant, your chiropractor may make referral to a pain management specialist, usually the same one who performed our lidocaine injection.
While prescription medication has long been considered the first line of treatment for headache pain, millions of adults understand the importance of alterative medicine as well. While headache pain can be debilitating, and often associated with stress and fatigue, there are some patients who experience sudden headache pain syndromes in response to an anatomical injury. When considering all of the possible causes and origins of your headache pain, consider the xiphoid process as a unique risk and seek chiropractic care as indicated.