Intracranial hypotension causing headache and neck pain: a case study.
The purpose of this study is to discuss the presentation, examination, diagnosis, and treatment of a case of intracranial hypotension presenting to a chiropractic office as acute severe headache and neck pain.Flexion injury during a weight lift resulted in a severe postural headache and upper cervical spine pain in a 51-year-old man. The patient presented with unusual symptoms, but normal palpatory findings, and a lack of postural distortion.Based on the history, symptoms, and examination findings, the patient was referred for an emergency medical evaluation. A diagnosis of intracranial hypotension was made, and a dural leak was confirmed by radioisotope cisternography. The patient made a complete recovery.Intracranial hypotension can cause headache and neck pain that may appear to be musculoskeletal in nature. The key symptom is the orthostatic nature of the headache.