Headaches are a very common symptom after a car accident-
especially if the accident caused an injury to the head or whiplash injuries.Here are the types of headaches after a car accident or a car crash.
Headaches after a Car Accident and head pain and headaches after car accident are really quite common!
Following a car accident injury, head pain can begin immediately; other times headaches can be delayed a few hours or even days. We have discovered that the a lot of symptoms can be delayed and usually the fourth or fifth day can be your worse day for delayed symptoms of all types including headaches. Either way, it is crucial to get the necessary medical and/or chiropractic treatment as quickly as possible, it is important to tell the treating physician and/or the personal injury chiropractor about every symptom you’re experiencing especially headache symptoms!
Prompt medical/chiropractic treatment for a headache after an auto accident has two benefits. First, it increases the chances that doctors will find the cause of the headache and be able to treat it, which reduces the risk of long-term disability caused by head pain, closed head injuries, traumatic brain injury, or other injuries like whiplash.
Second, it helps protect your legal rights to be compensated for medical losses after a car accident by documenting that you have a diagnosed & documented head pain or headache. The sooner your headaches and other injuries are medically documented, the easier it is to establish cause that the accident caused those injuries, and the more difficult it is for an insurance company to claim that your treatment was not related to your accident and therefore not necessary.
Car accident headache symptoms may come about even if you didn’t suffer a direct insult or injury to your head!
Remember if you did hit your head on the steering wheel or any other part of the car you were traveling in you may have suffered head trauma and that needs to be evaluated right away whether you experiencing a headache or not at the scene of the accident. Obviously frequent, constant or chronic headache after a car accident could lead to headaches, migraine headaches or even “closed head injuries” or what is defined as Traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a leading basis of disability and even death in the United States, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of closed head injuries.
Closed head injuries indicates that there is no fracture of the skull are the danger is that Closed Head injuries usually not initially diagnosed and typically do not result in hospitalizations, because many auto accident victims think the symptoms will just go away or worse yet don’t think the headache symptoms are related to the accident in question because of the delayed onset.
What Exactly is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Here’s a short definition by Wikipedia:
TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Males sustain traumatic brain injuries more frequently than do females. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. Prevention measures include use of technology to protect those suffering from automobile accidents, such as seat belts and sports or motorcycle helmets, as well as efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents, such as safety education programs and enforcement of traffic laws.
So TBI is an injury to the brain that results from an external force, or trauma, to the head or a head injury that causes damage to the brain. The “external force” can be a direct blow to the head such as hitting the floor in a fall accident or striking the steering wheel in a car accident.
Even though the skull is not damaged or fractured, the force can cause the brain to be injured in a number of ways. The rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head can shake the brain which actually floats in your skull in a fluid called cerebral-spinal fluid allowing the brain to float up against the opposing sides of your skull. The most common example of traumatic brain injury are whiplash in a car accident and the most egregious example is Shaken Baby Syndrome.
An amazing fact is that TBIs or closed head injuries are very abstract do not even show up on MRI or CT scans because the damage is global and not localized to one area. Adding to this the type of tissue in the brain that is affected has a type of anatomy and when it suffers trauma it causes the nervous tissue to work in correctly. So a preponderance of the diagnosis is dependent on you relating any and all symptoms to your car accident chiropractor who will make a clinical diagnosis.
You should be relieved to know not all TBIs are equally serious. They range from disastrous to subtle. However, even minor brain injuries can have significant, permanent, life-altering consequences following traumatic brain injury car accident.
Common Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Traumatic Brain Injury can be fatal. For survivors, TBI can cause any of a number of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Males sustain traumatic brain injuries more frequently than do females. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. Prevention measures include use of technology to protect those suffering from automobile accidents, such as seat belts and sports or motorcycle helmets, as well as efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents, such as safety education programs and enforcement of traffic laws.
Common Physical Symptoms
seizures of all types
double vision, blurred vision or low vision, even blindness
loss of smell or taste
speech impairments such as slow or slurred speech
headaches or migraines
fatigue, increased need for sleep, and
Intellectual or Cognitive Symptoms can include:
short-term memory loss, long-term memory loss
slowed ability to process information
trouble concentrating or paying attention for periods of time
difficulty keeping up with a conversation, and/or word finding problems
spatial or 3-D disorientation
organizational problems and impaired judgment
inability to do more than one thing at a time, and
a lack of initiating activities, or once started, difficulty in completing tasks without reminder.
Emotional symptoms of a TBI can include:
depression and mood swings
more easily agitated, and
egocentric behaviors, difficulty seeing how behaviors can affect others.
Medical Evaluation is Critical