While most people suffer from headaches occasionally, when they occur after a car accident, they could be signs of something more serious going on within the body. This is why follow-up health care with a DC is just as important as immediate medical care, even if you don’t see any physical injuries on your body. They will perform in-depth testing to determine what’s going on in the body to trigger the headaches in the first place. While the underlying issues are different for everyone, some of the most common include:
The impact of the car accident can cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull, resulting in a concussion. While many people think that loss of consciousness is a sure sign of a concussion, it may not occur. Headaches can be signs that something isn’t right.
The sudden force of a car accident can whip the head back and forth, causing muscles and tendons to stretch and tear. This strain caused by back and forth movement is known as whiplash, which can cause headaches long after the accident is over. Whiplash, in particular, can cause something known as a Cervicogenic Headache. This is a migraine-like headache that is felt at the back of the head, in the upper back, and above the eyes.
Strain on the muscles and tendons can result in muscle spasms while putting a great deal of tension on the muscles in the neck. This can lead to headaches that keep coming back for months and even years.
How Dr. Owen Can Help
The first and most important part of this type of care is the in-depth testing that’s given to each individual patient. This provides the Dr. Owen with a complete picture of what’s really causing the headaches. This could be torn ligaments, swelling in the brain, or many other issues that wouldn’t have been identified with basic tests.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Once the Dr. Owen has all the results from testing, he will put together a personalized treatment plan to address to root cause of your headaches. Some of the most common drug-free treatments that are used include:
- Spinal Manipulation: This can reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and help reduce pressure on the neck.
- Massage Therapy: This can stimulate healing within tissues and help increase circulation throughout the body.
- Therapeutic Modalities: There are several modalities that the doctor uses to reduce inflammation and relax muscles to promote healing.
Dr. Owen takes great pride in working with their patients throughout their journey to relieving their headaches. This is why they schedule follow-up appointments to track progress and adjust treatment recommendations as necessary. In addition, jaw pain can be another side effect resulting from a collision, if you are experiencing these symptoms, call us today.