Headaches & Dizziness after Car Accidents

What is a headache?

Headaches are a continuous pain felt in any part of the face, scalp, or neck. This is caused by the irritation of muscle, blood vessels, and other tissues of the head. There is no “normal” headache as the symptoms can vary not only from person to person but from headache to headache.

A tension headache is the most common type of headache. This is a result of a tightening or tension of the muscles around the head. It can last several minutes to several days and usually has few other symptoms. A migraine is a constriction of blood vessels or slowing of blood flow to the area around the head. These are generally more severe and persistent.

What are the symptoms of a headache?

Headaches can start immediately after an accident or begin some time later.  Headaches and dizziness or disorientation that begin immediately after an auto accident can be an indication of more serious injuries that should be diagnosed by medical professionals. All headaches can become chronic, occurring regularly over time, without treatment. In addition to pain, common symptoms that accompany a headache are:

  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Fatigue or improper sleep
  • Pressure behind or around the eye
  • Sinus issues

A car accident is a traumatic event. Headaches can also begin or worsen as a result of increased stress following an accident.  Injuries suffered, car repairs, and legal formalities can all increase tension after an accident. The combined stress of these factors often results in headaches and slower recovery time from injuries.

How can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractors are trained to diagnosis and create a treatment plan will assist you in the long term relief from headaches. They can help to determine whether your symptoms are injury related or a result of increased stressed and treat you accordingly. In St. Louis, MO, Berman Chiropractic provides a full range of chiropractic services to help our patients recover after a car accident. Chiropractic treatment can be used as a complement to your current treatment plan or as an alternative.

Contact Berman Chiropractic today to learn more about how we can help with your headaches and dizziness.