This video describes the various causes of headaches that occur after auto accidents. Over 90% of auto injury patients report a headache as one of their symptom. Causes for the headache can include the following:
Cervicogenic headaches are probably the most common after a crash. Cervicogenic means “originating in the neck” and these headaches are produced by irritation of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerves are injured either directly from the crash or as a result of ligament or disc injuries in the spine.
Tension headaches are also common, as the muscles can be damaged in a collision, causing them to spasm.
Vascular symptoms, or damage to the arteries in your neck, are less common, but can be very serious. Signs of vascular injury are dizziness, faintness, blurred vision, neck pain, and headache.
Brain injury can also cause headaches. If you struck your head during the accident, or if it was a high speed crash, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury, even “mild” cases, can have long-term effects on your health and productivity.
Migraines are another category of headache that has been reported after an auto collision. Research indicates that chiropractic care can be an effective way to treat migraines.
Headache can be an indicator of a more serious condition, so it’s important to have your chiropractor do a detailed exam after a car crash. If you have been in an auto collision and have headaches, we can help. Chiropractic is a proven approach for a proven, effective approach for many different types of headache pain. Call our office today at (503) 822-3423 for more information or to make an appointment.
References: Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin, M Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10; 117-128