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Personal Injury Accidents Make Existing Issues Worse


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We all live a busy life and probably deal with headaches, neck pain, back pain, discomfort and other issues which can all be made worse when you are in a personal injury accident. Adults put off getting checked out for their chronic issues, thinking they are just part of life or aging. We think if we get more rest, which we do not, or pop a few pills, ignoring side effects, of if we could just get a few days off, things would get better, but we still keep going. We keep going until we have a car wreck or some other type of accident that makes us stop and take care of ourselves.

Personal Injury Accident and Cluster Headaches

A personal injury accident can cause no end of pain and suffering when you already suffer from cluster headaches. Cluster headaches are typically quite short-duration, excruciating headaches, usually felt on one side of your head behind your eyes. Cluster personal injury accident headaches affect about 1 million people in America and, unlike migraines, are much more typical in men. This is your only kind of headache that mostly happens at night. When you add a personal injury accident with injuries to the mix, you know you are going to suffer.

Cluster headaches typically happen about one to four times a day over several days. After one cluster of headaches happens, it can be months or even years, before one happens again. Migraines are likely to be related to a dilation of your blood vessels in your brain, causing a localized increase in pressure and so are cluster headaches. When you already have cluster headaches, the last thing you need is an injury like a Car Crash or other injury causing you more grief.

Personal Injury Accident and Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are caused by a constriction of your blood vessels in your brain, followed by a dilation of blood vessels.  While your blood vessels are in a state of constriction, there is a decrease in blood flow, which leads to your visual issues, headaches and neck pain symptoms that a lot of people experience. These headaches put people in dark rooms with no stimulation, making them miss work and life in general and do not need the added problems an injury can bring.

There are a lot of theories about why your blood vessels constrict in the first place, but no one knows for sure. What we do know is that there are a number of things that may trigger migraines, like lack of sleep, flickering lights, stress, strong odors, changing weather patterns and several foods; especially foods that are high in an amino acid called ‘tyramine.’  Ask your personal injury accident chiropractor about the number of foods that are most likely to trigger migraines, as well as some changes to your life you can make to lessen the likelihood that you will trigger a migraine headache, especially if you also suffer from a personal injury accident.

What is Whiplash, and when does it get better?

Whiplash injuries can be serious conditions that if left untreated can cause headaches, pain in the extremities, neck pain and back pain. If you are nursing a chronic condition, Whiplash can be the straw that breaks (YOUR) the camel’s back.

Whiplash symptoms are the result of sudden force being exerted on the muscles of the body, and it often occurs in situations such as car crashes, your head is bent backward and then thrown forward suddenly. This causes overextension of your muscles and torn ligaments, causing pain, spine misalignment and a host of other problems. There are many ways to treat whiplash symptoms. If you have been involved in a Car Crash or other injury which leaves you “sore”, your fist trip should be to a Chiropractor certified in Auto Injury Recovery, and or a Chiropractor who is skilled and certified in Chiropractic Biophysics.

Dr. Schramm is certified and practices Chiropractic Biophysics. If you have questions please call for a free consultation with Dr. Jeff Schramm. 801.747.2886