Cervical facet injections in the management of cervicogenic headaches

Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2015 May;19(5):484. doi: 10.1007/s11916-015-0484-1.


Cervicogenic headache is defined as headaches originating from cervical spine structures including cervical facet joints, cervical intervertebral discs, skeletal muscles, connective tissues, and neurovascular structures. Cervical facet injections with steroids have been used to alleviate cervicogenic headache secondary to cervical facet arthropathy. In this article, we will review the cervical spine anatomy, cervical facet injections, and the efficacy of cervical facet injections as a treatment for cervicogenic headache.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cervical Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Headache / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Injections / methods
  • Intervertebral Disc / surgery*
  • Post-Traumatic Headache / therapy*
  • Zygapophyseal Joint / surgery*