Head pain is documented in 90 percent of auto injury patients, and there are many distinct possible sources.
Cervicogenic headache symptoms are certainly the most typical after a crash. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are triggered by restriction of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerve fibers are irritated either directly from the crash or as a consequence of ligament or disc damage 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 frequent, but can be very serious. Symptoms of vascular injury are dizziness, faintness, blurry vision, neck pain, and headache.
Mild traumatic brain injury can also cause headaches. If you hit your head during the accident, or if it was a high speed collision, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury, even "mild" cases, can have long-term effects on your well-being and productivity.
Finally, migraines are another type of headache that has been reported after an auto collision. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments can be an excellent way to address migraines.
Headache can be an indicator of a more serious condition, so it's very important to have your chiropractor do a careful exam after a car crash.
If you've been in a motor vehicle accident and have headache symptoms, Dr. Hitchcock is here to help. We can help establish the underlying cause of your pain and develop a plan of action to help you restore your health. We've helped many patients in Athens, GA heal from these sorts of injuries. Call our office today at (706) 353-8032 for a consultation or for more advice.