Migraines and headaches seem to grow worse after head trauma, even when the injury may seem rather minor. Of course, you don’t have to have a preexisting condition for migraines to start up after a concussion or whiplash injury. Even something as seemingly harmless as heading a soccer ball frequently in practice session can lead to a future of migraine troubles. Other risk factors include being female since more women experience migraines than men and age since the older a person is the slower he or she is likely to recovery from an injury.
Many times a person who experiences migraines after an injury will also deal with symptoms such as vertigo, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and concentration problems. Whiplash can especially be responsible for these symptoms and is a common injury in both car accidents and sports.
The medical field usually tries to care for whiplash or a concussion by providing medication for the headaches or other symptoms that follow. However, many symptoms don’t show up until months after an injury. As a result, a doctor may fail to connect the symptom to the injury.
Dealing with Migraines by Dealing with the Injury
The fact is that when symptoms are caused by an underlying injury, covering the symptoms up with pain pills or other medications doesn’t fix the real problem. Often, the primary issue is misalignment caused by the injury or accident. An upper cervical injury, in particular, can cause many problems throughout the body including migraines.
When a specific adjustment is applied to the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the base of the skull, much relief can be achieved. With the misalignment out of the way, the healing process can begin, and a person may fully recovery from the injury, even if it occurred many years ago.
The Migraine Trust. Post traumatic headache.
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Mayo Clinic. Whiplash. [homepage on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2015 May 8]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/basics/definition/con-20033090
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