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Headaches after a Car Accident

Several types of headaches can occur after a car accident. At Reed Chiropractic Clinic in Solon, OH, we are experienced in treating conditions resulting from an auto accident. If you have been in an accident and are experiencing pain, it's important to seek proper care.

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Post Traumatic Headaches

Headaches that occur after a car accident are known as post-traumatic headaches because they are the result of a traumatic brain injury. They can cause headaches ranging from mild to severe. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is commonly known as a concussion. A concussion occurs when your brain hits the inside of your skull. This is often caused by hitting your head, but whiplash associated with car accidents can also cause TBI. The trauma causes bruising and swelling in your brain, which can cause headaches. Post-traumatic headaches usually appear a few hours to a week after the accident.

Muscle Strain Headaches

This type of headache is caused by muscles being strained during an accident. This causes the muscles to tighten, which can cause tension headaches. Pain may be more severe in the neck than the head and can be experienced as a burning sensation. The muscles around your shoulders may be tense or painful as well. Tension headaches are usually experienced in the forehead and can radiate to the neck as well. You may experience pressure or tightness in your head with this type of headache. This headache can cause swelling, tenderness, pain with motion, and reduced range of motion.

Whiplash Headaches

Whiplash headaches are caused by whiplash, which also causes strain to the neck muscles. However, this pain is usually felt at the base of the skull. This type of headache often has a delayed onset, appearing days, or even weeks after the crash. In addition to pain, you may experience visual disturbances, nausea, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and insomnia.

Pinched Nerve Headaches

A pinched nerve headache occurs when the nerve roots are pinched due to spinal compression or a herniated disc that can occur due to a car accident. This headache is normally experienced from the base of the skull and up the back of the head. Tenderness, burning, and numbness can be experienced along with pain. The back of the neck or skull may also be tender to the touch. 

Headache Relief With Chiropractic Care

If you live in or around Solon, OH, and you’re experiencing headaches after a car accident, Reed Chiropractic Clinic can help you find pain relief. Our chiropractors provide many services that can help relieve your headaches, including chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and soft tissue mobilization. We will work with you to discover the cause of your headaches and relieve your pain. Call us today at 440-248-2866 to schedule an appointment.