Head pain is found in 90 percent of car wreck patients, and there are many distinct possible sources.
Cervicogenic headache symptoms are probably the most typical after a car crash. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are produced by restriction of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerves are irritated either directly from the collision or as a result of ligament or disc injury in the spinal column.
Tension headaches are also frequent, as the muscle tissue can be injured in a collision, causing them to spasm. Vascular symptoms, or damage to the arteries 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 cause headaches. If you hit your head during the impact, or if it was a high speed crash, 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 injury. Research shows that chiropractic care can be an excellent way to treat migraines.
Headache can be an indicator of a more serious condition, so it's imperative to have your chiropractor do a careful exam after a car crash.
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and have headache pain, Dr. Tortoriello is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying cause of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in Gadsden, AL heal from these types of injuries.
Call our office today at (256) 543-3033 for an appointment or for more information.