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Sinus Headache

About Sinus Headache

What Is A Sinus Headache?

A sinus headache refers to a type of headache that is associated with inflammation or congestion in the sinuses, which are air-filled cavities located in the facial bones around the nose and eyes. Sinus headache can often be confused with Sinus infections, however in the case of Sinus Headache it is a link to sensitised neural pathways from the brainstem. Sinus headaches are typically described as a dull, constant pain rather than a throbbing or pulsating sensation.

Sinus Headache Diagnosis

How Do We Diagnose A Sinus Headache?

To diagnose a sinus headache, healthcare professionals typically consider several factors, including a thorough medical history, physical examination, and assessment of symptoms, such as facial pain or pressure, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, or a thick nasal discharge may suggest a sinus-related issue.

It is important to differentiate sinus headache from a headache referred by other structures such as the neck. If your headache is not responding to direct sinus treatment such as antibiotics or antihistamines, rinsing with saline or cortisone sprays, it may not be a sinus headache. On occasion, a scan of the sinuses is required to determine if there really is a problem with the area or not, a clear scan means the pain is often being referred from other structures such as the upper neck.

Sinus Headache Symptoms

Facial pain or pressure

Localised in the forehead, cheeks, or around the eyes.

It may worsen with movement or when bending forward.

Nasal issues

Post nasal drip

Nasal congestion

Thick nasal discharge

Treating Sinus Headache With The Watson Headache® Approach

Sinus Headache Treatment

It is essential to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for sinus headaches. They can provide personalised guidance, based on the individual’s symptoms, medical history, and the severity of the sinus condition.

Assessment and treatment of the neck by a Headache Practitioner using the Watson Headache Approach can settle neural pathways to the sinuses of which can be the driver of unpleasant sinus headache symptoms.

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