Treating Headache after Car Accidents

Headache is documented in 90 percent of auto collision patients, and there are many distinct likely causes.

Cervicogenic headaches are certainly the most common after a car wreck. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are set off by restriction of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerve fibers are injured either directly from the crash or as a consequence of ligament or disc injuries in the spine.

Tension headaches are also commonly seen, as the muscles can be injured in a collision, causing them to spasm.

Vascular symptoms, or injury to the arteries in your neck, are less common, but can be dangerous. Symptoms of vascular injury are dizziness, faintness, blurred vision, neck pain, and headache.

Mild traumatic brain injury can also result in headaches. If you hit 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 long-term effects on your health and productivity.

Finally, migraines are another category of headache that has been reported after an auto injury. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to manage migraines.

Headache can be an indicator of a more serious injury, so it's 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 pain, Dr. Armstrong is here to help. We can help pinpoint the root cause of your problem and develop a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many people in Sacramento, CA heal from these sorts of problems.

Call our office today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment or for more advice.