If you've been in a car crash, you're probably experiencing headache. That's the most common symptom reported after an auto injury and one that we see a lot in our Henderson office.
Headache can be a bit challenging to diagnose, because there are multiple types of headache that can occur from these types of injuries.
Cervicogenic headaches are likely the most widespread after a car crash. Cervicogenic means "originating in the neck" and these headaches are produced by irritation of the nerves that travel through the head and neck. These nerve fibers are injured 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 damaged in a crash, causing them to spasm.
Vascular symptoms, or damage to the arteries in your neck, are less common, but can be very serious. Signs of vascular injury are dizziness, faintness, blurry vision, neck pain, and headache.
Traumatic brain injury can also lead to headaches. If you struck your head during the crash, 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 well-being and productivity.
Finally, migraines are another type of headache that has been reported after an auto injury. Studies have shown that chiropractic can be an excellent way to treat 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 have been in a crash and have headache symptoms, Dr. Russell is here to help. We can help establish the underlying source of your pain and formulate a treatment plan to help you restore your health. We have helped many patients in Henderson, NV heal from these types of injuries.
Call our office today at (702) 990-2225 for a consultation or for more advice.