HEADACHE FROM PERSONAL INJURY-CERVICOGENIC vs. CONCUSSION
Headache is a frequent symptoms of traumatic injury from car accidents, workplace injuries, or any other type of trauma. Headache has many causes associated with personal injury.
Cervicogenic headaches are caused by cervical or neck injuries. A more technical definition is that cervicogenic headache is “syndrome characterized by chronic head pain that radiates, or is referred, from an injury condition in the neck”. Cervicogenic headaches are typically referred from the muscles, nerves, articular structures and vascular structures in the neck.
Cervicogenic headaches typically are triggered by neck pain at the base of the skull and radiates up the back of the head.
Headache pain is one of the most common symptoms that occur after a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury to the head. This type of headache is typically referred to as a “postconcussion headache”. Because concussion injuries often affect the frontal portion of the brain, post-concussion headaches are often frontal headaches.
Migraine headaches occur when an area of the brain becomes hypersensitive, and triggers a pain signal that produces tall throbbing, but sometimes very severe and disabling, headaches. Migraine headaches are the often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. It is well recognized in the medical literature that migraine headaches can be triggered by the trauma of a car accident or other traumatic event. They can, most certainly, occur in the absence of trauma.
Tension headaches are also called stress-related headaches. They are associated with muscle tension or muscle spasms and stress. Victims of whiplash injury typically develop muscle spasm in the neck, which can produce tension headaches. Chronic pain resulting from a car accident drug or other traumatic event can also produce stress, which will trigger a tension headache.
DISABILITY FROM HEADACHES.
Headaches can be very disabling. The Henry Ford Headache Disability Index is a tool sometimes used by health care providers to assess or rate the amount of disability resulting from a headache.
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Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance: www.braininjurymn.org
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/traumatic-brain-injury-program/overview
HCMC Traumatic Brain Injury Center: http://www.hcmc.org/clinics/TraumaticBrainInjuryCenter/HCMC_CLINICS_448
REM Minnesota: http://www.remminnesota.com/standard/services.aspx?guid=0c1ec69e-9dcd-4523-8e8d-07db15138208
Regions Hospital Rehabilitation: http://www.regionshospital.com/rh/specialties/rehabilitation-institute/
MN Department of Education: http://www.education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/DisabCateg/TraumBrainInj/index.html