Headache is found in 90% of car crash patients, and there are many distinct likely sources.
Cervicogenic headaches are likely the most common after a car wreck. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are caused by inflammation of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerve fibers are injured either directly from the crash or as a result of ligament or disc injury in the spinal column.
Tension headaches are also common, as the muscles can be damaged in a collision, causing them to spasm. Vascular symptoms, or injury to the arteries in your neck, are less common, but can be very serious. Signs or symptoms 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 collision, or if it was a high speed crash, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury, even "mild" cases, can have long-lasting effects on your health and productivity.
Finally, migraines are another type of headache that has been recorded after an auto injury. Research shows that chiropractic care can be an effective way to treat migraines.
Headache can be a symptom of a more serious condition, so it's imperative to have your chiropractor do a thorough exam after a car crash.
If you've been in a motor vehicle accident and have headache pain, Dr. Lewis is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying source of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in Joplin, MO improve from these types of injuries.
Call our office today at (417) 782-2504 for a consultation or for more advice.