Headache is found in 90 percent of auto injury patients, and there are many distinct possible sources.
Cervicogenic headaches are certainly the most commonplace after a crash. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are triggered by inflammation of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerve fibers are injured either directly from the collision or as a consequence of ligament or disc injury in the spine.
Tension headaches are also common, as the muscles can be damaged in a collision, causing them to spasm.
Vascular symptoms, or damage to the arteries in your neck, are less common, but can be dangerous. Symptoms of vascular injury are dizziness, faintness, blurry vision, neck pain, and headache.
Traumatic brain injury can also trigger headaches. If you struck your head during the impact, or if it was a high speed crash, 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 recorded after an auto injury. Research indicates that chiropractic care can be an excellent way to manage migraines.
Headache can be an indicator of a more serious condition, so it's important to have your chiropractor do a thorough exam after a car crash.
If you've been in a crash and have headaches, Dr. Bogan is here to help. We can help identify the underlying cause of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in Tulsa, OK heal from these types of problems.
Call our office today at (918) 832-7880 for an appointment or for more information.