Headache is an extremely common complaint after an auto accident but unless you hit your head during the crash, you may be wondering why.

Neck injuries like whiplash frequently cause pain felt at the back of the head and above the eyes. These headaches are called cervicogenic headache, and get their name from  where they start in the cervical spine (which runs  through your neck).  This typically occurs when a misaligned vertebra or an inflamed tissue exerts pressure on a spinal nerve, causing radiating pain in the head.

Other patients who already suffer from headache or migraine may experience a worsening in symptoms after the car accident due to stress or inflammation in the body.

Fortunately, chiropractic care can help. Research shows that chiropractic neck adjustments, stretching, and exercise can provide efficient headache relief without drugs. Dr. Lewis in Joplin, MO is experienced in alleviating headache after auto injury.

First, we'll do a detailed evaluation to determine the root cause of your headache pain. Then, using gentle chiropractic adjustments, we'll help restore your spine's natural functioning to reduce strain on your body and nervous system. Many of our patients see a rapid improvement in their signs or symptoms.

If you are close to our clinic in Joplin, MO and you suffer from chronic headaches, give our office a call at (417) 782-2504 today to make an appointment or get more information.


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