What is a Post-Traumatic Headache?

Posted By Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain || 7-Jul-2015

With sports being a large part of the American culture, many children, teens, and adults participate in some kind of physical or sports-related activity. While this is a great and beneficial way for any individual to remain active, there is also a larger risk for injuries. In fact, some of the most common sports injuries are back and neck related injuries. As a result of neck and back injuries, many people suffer from post-traumatic headaches (PTH).

The International Headache Society defines a post-traumatic headache as one that develops within 7 days of an injury or after regaining consciousness. Many people report that a PTH resembles the feelings and pains of a migraine. They are characterized by various factors which include:

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

How Should a Post-Traumatic Be Treated?

It is important that a person experiencing a post-traumatic headache contact a doctor immediately to make sure the damages to the head are not severe. Fortunately, most mild cases can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, pain medications, and other mild medications.

Many of these mild post-traumatic cases are caused by small injuries to the neck and back. If this is the case, it is important to see a chiropractor so that you can reassure that your spine and neck are aligned. Some of these non-drug treatment options provided by chiropractors include the following and more:

  • Physical therapy
  • Adjust subluxations (“pop” your neck or back)
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Relaxation therapy

By seeing a chiropractor after suffering a sports injury or during a post-traumatic headache, you ensure that you are getting the professional help to make certain your body is on its way to recovery so that you can get back to what you love.

The Lawrenceville​ Chiropractors at Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain understand your desire to get back on the field and back in the gym. Call to schedule your appointment now in our Lawrenceville​ or Norcross.

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