Head pain is found in 90 percent of car crash patients, and there are many distinct possible causes.
Cervicogenic headache symptoms are certainly the most commonplace after a crash. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are set off by irritation of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerves are irritated either directly from the impact or as a consequence of ligament or disc injuries in the spinal column.
Tension headaches are also common, as the muscle tissue can be injured in a collision, causing them to spasm. Vascular symptoms, or injury 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.
Traumatic brain injury can also trigger headaches. If you hit your head during the collision, or if it was a high speed crash, 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 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 a symptom of a more serious condition, so it's necessary to have your chiropractor do a detailed exam after a car crash.
If you've been in a car wreck and have headache pain, Dr. Bhasin is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying source of your problem and develop a treatment plan to help you restore your health. We have helped many patients in Beaverton, OR improve from these sorts of injuries.
Call our office today at (503) 642-2845 for an appointment or for more advice.