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Headaches after a Car Accident

Getting in a car accident is headache-worthy for anyone. If you are experiencing actual headaches or migraines following the event, ignoring them only leads to greater stress and further pain. These symptoms are common following an auto accident, and an experienced chiropractor can help. If you live in or around Colorado Springs, contact Dr. Hanley at Cheyenne Mountain Chiropractic to schedule an appointment to address your headaches.


What Causes Auto Accident Headaches and Migraines?

It is important to seek immediate medical attention for an auto accident injury to rule out serious medical issues. However, ongoing headaches and migraines commonly occur when there are no serious medical problems present. One of the most common causes is whiplash, caused by the sudden forces involved in the auto accident forcing your head and neck in one direction, then suddenly in another. Headaches caused by whiplash often correlate with upper spinal misalignment. Muscle spasms and strain also frequently result in ongoing headaches. Furthermore, many kinds of musculoskeletal misalignments can result in pinched nerves and decreased blood flow, leading to headaches and migraines.

Chiropractors Can Help

An experienced chiropractor can help with post-accident headaches and migraines by using manual manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscle tissue. Doing so addresses the root cause of the pain and subsequently relieves these areas of tension.

Our chiropractor will start by asking a few detailed questions about your symptoms and performing a physical examination. We will then be able to develop the most appropriate treatment plan, which may include special exercises and stretches along with chiropractic adjustments.

Finding Relief

Many people find pain relief after only one chiropractic session or two, but it depends on the extent of the injury. It is common after an auto accident to feel the only option for headache relief is to wait things out and take pain medication. However, this will only make the situation worse. Medication can help ease the symptoms, but it does not address the root cause. The longer the muscles and joints are out of place, the more "set" they will become. Additional injuries may occur. Chiropractic care is an excellent alternative to pain medication and invasive procedures like surgery.

Get Treatment for Your Headaches and Migraines in Colorado Springs, CO

Be sure to get a full medical evaluation in the event of an auto accident injury. If you have recently been involved in an auto accident and are experiencing headaches or migraines, contact Dr. Hanley at Cheyenne Mountain Chiropractic to schedule a consultation. Call our team today at 719-268-0708 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.