Headache is found in 90 percent of auto collision patients, and there are many distinct likely sources.
Cervicogenic headaches are likely the most typical after an auto collision. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are brought about by inflammation of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerve fibers are irritated either directly from the impact or as a consequence of ligament or disc injury in the spinal column.
Tension headaches are also frequent, as the muscles can be damaged in a collision, causing them to spasm. Vascular symptoms, or damage to the blood vessels in your neck, are less frequent, but can be dangerous. Signs or symptoms of vascular injury are dizziness, faintness, blurry vision, neck pain, and headache.
Brain injury can also trigger 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 prolonged effects on your well-being and productivity.
Finally, migraines are another category of headache that has been recorded after an auto collision. Research indicates that chiropractic adjustments can be an excellent way to address migraines.
Headache can be an indicator of a more serious injury, so it's very important to have your chiropractor do a thorough exam after a car crash.
If you've been in an auto collision and have headache symptoms, Dr. Sweeney is here to help. We can help establish the root cause of your pain and develop a plan of action to help you restore your health. We've helped many people in Nashville, TN improve from these sorts of injuries.
Call our office today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment or for more advice.