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Post-Traumatic Headache

Post-Traumatic Headaches after a car accident are common complaints and can come from many sources. An individual who suffers from headaches before an auto accident may find their headaches have become more painful or consistent. Others may not experience a headache until a few hours, days, or even a week after an auto accident. A headache after a car wreck can be caused by many things, and a visit with our physicians at Injury-Care Center can help determine the cause and help alleviate your pain.

Common Types of Headache

There are many ways in which a passenger can become injured in a car accident that results in persistent or painful headaches. The most common reasons are a blow or strike to the head, or whiplash. The severity of the headache can depend greatly on the impact and force exerted during the accident. While there are many injuries that can cause headaches following a car accident, certain injuries are more likely to occur and cause pain than others. These are listed below

Brain injury from auto accident

Post-Traumatic Headache

This type of headache is usually caused by trauma to the head and neck during an auto accident. Usually this type of headache does not appear for days or weeks following the accident.

MIgraine from car accident

Migraine Headache

Migraine headaches associated with concussion are a chemical phenomenon in the brain, and are often associated with nausea (sometimes with vomiting), light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and also sensitivity to certain smells and movement.

Headache from work injury

Spasm Headache

One of the most common causes of headaches after a car wreck, is caused when the muscles of the neck, head, or upper back are injured. Especially during an auto accident, a sudden jolt on the neck and head can tear or injure the soft tissue, causing strain or spasm of the muscles.

Whiplash from car wreck

Whiplash Headache

Whiplash is a common injury of motor vehicle accidents, caused by a sudden force upon the head and neck. The head is often forced far forward and far backwards, and this jerking action can strain soft tissue. Whiplash headaches generally are focused near the base of the skull, and may accompany neck pain or stiffness, dizziness, and fatigue.

Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital Neuralgia Headache

During an accident, it is possible that the compression of the spine or disc herniation results in a pinching of the upper cervical (neck) nerve roots or irritation of the greater occipital nerve (nerve at the base of the skull). When these nerves are compressed, a person experiences pain, tenderness, burning, numbness, and tingling from the neck/base of the skull up the back of the head.

Head Injury from car accident

Fracture Headache

A fractured skull or neck bone can result in intense fracture headaches. Pain in these types of headaches is often at the back of the head and neck, or can be localized near the injury site. Along with persistent headaches, brain injury can also become a factor with a fractured bone.

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