Chronic shoulder & headache pain relief
Chronic shoulder or suprascapular pain is a disabling phenomenon. Chronic headache is also a disabling phenomenon for many patients. Once it was believed that chronic headache that is attributed to the cervical spine originates from the upper cervical nerve roots (C0-C3).
Currently, it is suggested by some authors that the reason for headache in many patients is attributed to the lower cervical nerve roots in the cervical spine. The suprascapular nerve originates from the C5 and C6 nerve roots and supplies the suprascapular and shoulder region.
Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) has gained popularity over recent years as a good clinical tool in treating patients with shoulder/suprascapular pain. It is usually considered as a treatment option after conservative treatment has failed. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether PRF for the suprascapular nerve has also beneficial effect for patients that have also chronic headache that is attributed to the lower cervical nerve roots.