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Headaches After Auto Accidents

Are you suffering from headaches after sustaining an auto injury? Are you wondering how your head can hurt when you don't recall actually striking your head during the accident? Well, it’s time to get all of your important questions answered and to help you realize that relief is just a few visits with your Parma chiropractor away.

Type of Headaches After a Car Accident

  • Concussions:  The sudden jolt of the car accident can actually cause your brain to hit your skull, causing a mild traumatic brain injury. The hallmark signs of concussions include headaches, dizziness, confusion, and memory problems---loss of consciousness doesn't always occur after a brain injury so don't write off your symptoms right away if you remained conscious. Your Parma chiropractor is trained to spot the signs of a brain injury so you can get the help you need.
  • Tension type headache: Caused by stress or muscle spasms related to the auto injury.
  • Migraine: If you already suffer from migraine headaches, there's a chance you're symptoms could get worse after an auto injury, but auto injuries themselves don't necessarily cause migraines. If you believe your headaches resemble migraine-type symptoms immediately after a car crash, it's more likely that you have a cervicogenic headache.
  • Cervicogenic Headaches: Whiplash and other neck injuries can lead to intense headache felt at the back of the head, above the eyes, or in the upper back. Symptoms often mimic migraine and tension-type headaches.

What Cervicogenic Headaches Are

If you have been diagnosed with cervicogenic headaches, it simply means that you have headaches that are caused by some sort of issue in your neck (the cervical area of your spine or, more specifically, one of the top seven vertebrae or discs). Although they tend to come on sporadically at first, over time they can become more frequent until, unless treated, they are present 24/7.

What Causes Them and How They Affect You

Although the causes of cervicogenic headaches can vary tremendously, some of the most common reasons include having poor posture, sustaining past injuries that have damaged the cervical area of your spine, car accidents, or any other issue that creates a misalignment within your neck. In addition to the head pain you feel, you may also notice other symptoms such as blurry vision, dizziness, an increased sensitivity to light, nausea, and pain that radiates down your arms.

The Chiropractic Solution

Luckily, regular visits with Dr. Baker, your trusted Parma chiropractor, can ease most of your symptoms and have you feeling better in no time. Regular spinal manipulations can reduce the pressure on your neck area, thereby providing you the relief you need to make the pain ease up and potentially leave entirely.

Call Baker Chiropractic Wellness Center in Parma, OH to begin your neck pain-relieving regimen immediately. It’s time to treat your headaches and auto injuries once and for all!

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May 22, 2014
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Dr. Robb Baker