Headaches are a common occurrence following a concussion. For some, a headache occurs immediately following the injury. For others, headaches can be an indicator of post-concussion syndrome and continue on for weeks or months after the initial injury.
For NY Yankees outfielder Jacob Ellsbury, headaches that are still occurring following a May 24th concussion have resulted in his being pulled from the starting lineup according to ESPN. This protocol is part of an ongoing effort by sports teams to protect players who have suffered head injuries.
Why do injuries to the head and neck commonly lead to headaches? Is there any way to reduce the aftereffects of such an injury?
An Often-Overlooked Headache Cause
When a head or neck injury occurs – whether playing sports, from a car accident, or even from a trip and fall – the neck often absorbs much of the force of the blow. This can result in a misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. These bones protect the area where the brainstem and spinal cord meet, and they also play a vital role in facilitating blood flow to the brain.
For these reasons, when an upper cervical misalignment occurs, headaches may follow, as well as numerous other symptoms such as vertigo and cognitive problems. As a result, it is important to contact an upper cervical chiropractor following head or neck injuries to evaluate the upper neck for subluxations that could lead to long-term symptoms.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Headaches
In a report discussing 101 case studies, upper cervical chiropractic was able to help the majority of headache and migraine sufferers to see fewer and less severe problems. In fact, some had headaches completely resolve after as few as 1 to 2 adjustments.
If you are suffering from headaches or migraines, especially if you have experienced a head or neck injury prior to the onset of the condition, a gentle adjustment may be able to set you on the path to better health. To learn more, contact an upper cervical chiropractor in your vicinity.