Headaches may seem like a minor inconvenience but they can also interrupt your daily life activities. The extent that they prevent you from enjoying your day or functioning at work varies depending on the type of headache. The challenge of headaches is that they be caused by so many different things.
This makes it especially important to pay attention to headaches happen after a car accident. They could be the result of whiplash or head injury.
Head injuries and the headaches that accompany them are not to be ignored.
Headaches come in many varieties. Regular headaches such tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches are each painful in their own way.
Headaches, especially after a car accident, can be a sign of something more serious like a closed head injury. A closed head injury is not apparent on the outside of your head like a cut or bruise.
Tension headaches usually reside around the head but focuses at the back of the neck or temples. These headaches are caused from scalp and neck muscle contraction due to stress. These types of headaches are commonly treated by over the counter medication.
Cluster headaches occur in groups or cycles and are believed to be linked to your body’s 24-hour clock. Cluster headaches consist of debilitating pain that emanates from one side of your head. They can get up to full strength in 5-10 minutes and last 30 -90 minutes.
Sinus headaches are caused by inflamed sinuses. Sometimes infection accompanies these headaches. Colds and allergies can lead to sinus infections. These are usually treated with antibiotics.
Although not usually an obvious problem, medication overuse headaches can result from too much medication on while you are trying to ease the pain from injuries. Realizing that this a possible cause of your headache can help in headache diagnosis.
1 out of every 7 Americans has migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are the leading cause of emergency room and outpatient visits. They are commonly misdiagnosed as a tension or sinus headache. It is common for migraines to occur within hours or days of a car accident.
There are many different causes of migraine headaches. Smoking, alcohol, caffeine and even strong perfume can trigger a migraine. Poor posture, strenuous activity, sensory stimuli, and food additives can also give you a migraine headache.
Migraines have several symptoms that set them apart from other headaches. During a migraine you can have symptoms consisting of nausea, light sensitivity, blurred vision, pain that feels like throbbing, and pain on the side or both side of the head. Lightheadedness and dizziness with fainting can also happen.
No matter what kind of headache you have after a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment from experienced medical professionals.
Migraines and headaches are a painful condition and huge drain on your daily living. If your headaches are occurring more frequently after a car accident or injury, then it is especially important to visit AICA Ortho and Spine to check and make sure that there is not something more serious wrong than just a headache.
AICA Ortho and Spine uses state-of-the-art medical imaging technology to get to the root of the problem. Our staff will interpret the diagnostics. Then our team of licensed physical therapists, chiropractors, and orthopedic surgeons will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your recovery. Contact AICA Ortho and Spine today at 404-855-2141 to schedule a consultation.