Headaches Due To Injury

Chronic headaches due to traumatic injury may be associated with cervical (neck) vertebral and head (nuchal line) ligament sprain and joint misalignments.

Such injuries are often the result of rear-ending whiplash or bracing injuries from auto accidents—or other traumatic accidents. Even a low-speed car crash can result in significant neck and head musculoskeletal injury, pain and disability. This is often true in the case of chronic headaches that are felt behind the eyes or that affect the temporomandibular joint.

A whiplash injury can also be associated with shoulder sprain injury due to violent safety belt compression or anticipatory bracing. Such a shoulder injury may further aggravate neck and head pain.

General neck pain and headaches can also be related to physical stress from skeletal misalignment further down the vertebral column—including sacroiliac misalignment, leg length discrepancy, and ankle-foot misalignment, or, rarely, even flat feet.


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Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT)Prolotherapy, and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy are excellent treatments for headaches that are due to cervical and head (nuchal) ligament and tendon whiplash sprain injury.  Particular care needs to be taken as to how the tendinous injuries are treated.
If there is evidence of a significant neurological component to the neck and head dysfunction, appropriate tests and consultations may be recommended.

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Gary B. Clark, MD, MPA | 1790 30th Street, Suite 230, Boulder, CO | (303) 444-5131