Head pain is documented in 90 percent of auto injury patients, and there are many different likely sources.
Cervicogenic headache pain are certainly the most widespread after a car wreck. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are set off by inflammation 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 damage in the spinal column.
Tension headaches are also commonly seen, as the muscle tissue can be injured in a crash, causing them to spasm.
Vascular symptoms, or damage to the blood vessels in your neck, are less common, but can be dangerous. 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 impact, or if it was a high speed collision, you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury, even "mild" cases, can have chronic effects on your well-being and productivity.
Finally, migraines are another category of headache that has been reported after an auto collision. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can be an excellent way to address 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've been in a car wreck and have headache symptoms, Dr. BenEliyahu is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying source of your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many people in Selden, NY recover from these sorts of problems.
Call our office today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment or for more advice.