Head pain is documented in 90 percent of car crash patients, and there are many different likely causes.
Cervicogenic headaches are probably the most commonplace after a car wreck. 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 impact or as a result of ligament or disc injury in the spinal column.
Tension headaches are also common, as the muscles can be damaged in a collision, causing them to spasm.
Vascular symptoms, or damage to the blood vessels 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 cause 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 long-term effects on your health and productivity.
Finally, migraines are another category of headache that has been reported after an auto collision. Research shows that chiropractic care can be an excellent way to address migraines.
Headache can be a symptom of a more serious condition, so it's imperative to have your chiropractor do a detailed exam after a car crash.
If you've been in an auto collision and have headache symptoms, Dr. Calantoni is here to help. We can help identify the root source of your pain and formulate a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many people in Bridesburg, PA heal from these types of problems.
Call our office today at (215) 743-5330 for a consultation or for more advice.