Headache After Auto Injuries
We see many patients in our office who have headache pain as a result of an auto injury. It's probably the most common symptom experienced by patients after a car crash, and there are many potential etiologies for headache.
Cervicogenic headache symptoms are likely the most widespread after an auto collision. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are caused by irritation of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerve fibers are irritated either directly from the crash or as a result of ligament or disc injuries in the spine.
Tension headaches are also frequent, as the muscles can be injured in a crash, causing them to spasm.
Vascular symptoms, or injury to the arteries in your neck, are less frequent, but can be very serious. Symptoms of vascular injury are dizziness, faintness, blurred vision, neck pain, and headache.
Mild traumatic brain injury can also trigger headaches. If you hit your head during the crash, or if it was a high speed collision, you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury, even "mild" cases, can have lasting effects on your health and productivity.
Finally, migraines are another type of headache that has been recorded after an auto collision. Research shows that chiropractic can be an excellent way to manage migraines.
Headache can be an indicator of a more serious condition, so it's imperative to have your chiropractor do a careful exam after a car crash.
If you have been in a crash and have headache symptoms, Dr. David Ray is here to help. We can help identify the underlying source of your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many people in Grants Pass improve from these types of problems.
Call our office today at (541) 955-7246 for a consultation or for more information.