What is a Post-Traumatic Headache?

What is a Post-Traumatic Headache?

Posted By Decatur Pain & Rehab || 5-Oct-2015

The sports industry is an ever-growing part of American culture. In fact, nearly every age group can participate in sports, including children, teens, and adults. While sports can be a healthy part of a person’s life, there come many risks for injury, especially for those who play sports on a regular basis. Some of the most common sports injuries are back and neck related injuries, which often result in a post-traumatic headache (PTH). These can be extremely painful.

The International Headache Society defines this condition as a headache that develops within 7 days after a person has suffered an injury. If a person is left unconscious due to an injury, these headaches may start within the week after the person has regained consciousness. Many persons report that a PTH resembles the feeling and pain of an excruciating migraine. The effects of a post-traumatic headache may include the following:

  • Moderate intensity and pulsation
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Odd forms of light and sound sensitivity

Treatments for Post-Traumatic Headaches

It is important that a person experiencing a post-traumatic headache contacts a doctor right away to ensure the damage to the head is not severe. Most mild cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

If the headache begins after a minor injury to the neck and back, it is important that the person visits a knowledgeable chiropractor to check that the spine and neck are aligned properly. Chiropractic treatment options include the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Adjustment subluxations

Visiting the chiropractor after suffering a sports-related injury can be the difference between excruciating pain and the road to recovery. The choice to be examined by an experienced chiropractor can help ensure that the neck and spine are in good condition and can prevent additional pains or injuries.

The Georgia chiropractors at Decatur Pain & Rehab understand your desire to get back on the field and back in the gym. Call our office today and see how we can help you make that happen!

Categories: Back Pain, Sport Injuries
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