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Management of Cervicogenic Headaches

Step 2: Offer information on nature, management, course of cervicogenic headaches as a framework for initiation of a program of care

Step 2a: Offer information on nature, management, the course of shoulder pain as a framework for the initiation of a program of care

Aim to understand the patient's beliefs and expectations about shoulder pain and address any misunderstandings (e.g. shoulder pain is caused by serious pathology) or apprehensions through education and reassurance.

Educate and reassure the patient about the benign and self-limiting nature of shoulder pain and reinforce the importance of maintaining activities of daily living. 

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Step 2b: Is treatment required?

  • Involve the patient in care planning and decision-making

  • Reassure patients about the benign and self-limiting nature of their pain

  • Educate patients about the benefits of being actively engaged and participating in their care plan by remaining active and continuing movement

  • Emphasize active rather than passive treatments

  • Deliver a time-limited program of care

  • Do not provide ineffective or experimental treatments