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Headaches After a Car Accident

Chiropractic Treatment of Headaches and Migraines after a Car Accident

If you were in a car accident, the sooner you seek treatment the better. You may not feel the results of the accident right away, but that doesn't mean you weren't injured. Whether it was a minor or major accident, it will jar and jerk your body around, and you may not feel the effects until hours or days later. That's why you should get ahead of the pain and visit one of our medical professionals in Puyallup, WA for a diagnosis. Using a full physical exam and your medical history, one of our experienced chiropractors at Rainer Sports & Spinal Rehab will be able to come up with a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment plans may include physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture.


Signs & Symptoms

After your body has been jerked around in a car after an accident, pain relief will be needed in some way. Some type of stress has been put on your body, especially in the neck and spine. This type of stress can affect your body in different ways. You may feel some pain and stiffness in your neck that extends into your shoulders, arms, upper back, and upper chest. You may also develop delayed onset post-traumatic headache (PTH) after an accident. PTH is a headache that develops within seven days of an accident and may resemble migraine or a tension-type headache. As with most headaches or migraines, the symptoms that are associated with PTH include:

  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Sensitivity to bright lights and noise
  • Inability to concentrate

If you have a family history of migraines, are female, or have had a pre-existing headache, the risk of getting PTH is increased. If left untreated, the recovery process may be longer and more difficult.

Treatment Options

After getting into a car accident, a chiropractor will perform a thorough physical exam and look over your medical history before creating an individualized treatment plan for you. A chiropractor in Aurora and Thornton may use physical therapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture to help relieve the tension on your spine and help with headache or migraine pain relief. Spinal manipulation or an adjustment might also occur to alleviate the pressure and improve the function of the spine. Tension in the spine can relate to problems in other parts of the body, including the head. Anything to relieve the pressure and tension in the spine and muscles in the neck and upper back will help if you have headaches or migraines. Your chiropractor might also advise some at-home exercise and relaxation techniques to help.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Auto Accident Chiropractor in Puyallup, WA

Whether you were in a minor or major accident, you should schedule an appointment with one of our medical professionals as soon as possible. Our team of doctors at Rainer Sports & Spinal Rehab is ready to assist you. Call us today at (253) 445-0440 for more information or to schedule an appointment.