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Headaches after a Car Accident

If you are in a car accident, it is possible that you may be experiencing greater injuries than you realize. Because of the dramatic nature of the event, adrenaline often takes over, and you may feel injuries days of weeks later. Among the most common injuries reported, both immediately and as a delayed symptom are headaches and migraines. Around 90% of people experience some type of headache when they are involved in an auto accident injury. Fortunately, many of these types of headaches can be treated at Sweeney Chiropractic Clinic in Midwest City, OK by our chiropractor.

Headaches after a Car Accident

Common Types of Headache after a Car Accident

Cervicogenic Headache

A cervicogenic headache is among the most common for those suffering from an auto accident injury, especially one where whiplash has been suffered. These headaches begin in the neck and characteristics include

    • A stiff neck
    • Steady, rather than throbbing pain
    • Pain on one side of the head
    • Pain that hits in a single spot of your head or near your eye.
    • Head pain activated by coughing or sneezing
    • Some migraine type symptoms, such as nausea and light sensitivity

Tension Headaches

Those with an auto accident injury may also experience tension headaches. Tension headaches are known for their dull pain and pressure around either the forehead or the back or the head or neck.  These headaches often begin later in the day and are accompanied by muscle aches, sleeping difficulties, and irritability.


Migraines are recurring pain signified by their throbbing pain, nausea, weakness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines are more than just headaches. Before the headache starts people often experience mood changes, fluid retention, food cravings, increased urination and yawning. Many also experience an aura phase, which is the appearance of flashing lights or a feeling that they are being grabbed just before the headache begins. They are often triggered by stress or stressful events, such as a car accident, or medication or dietary changes.

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At Sweeny Chiropractic Clinic in Midwest City, Oklahoma we have been successful in diagnosing and treating these types of headaches and others. If you are in a car accident, it is important to seek out medical treatment right away in order to be properly diagnosed for potential problems connected to the accident, including future headaches. With an auto accident injury especially, prompt diagnosis is important because it can affect your insurance claim. Chiropractors are a great resource for making these diagnoses and helping to treat related injuries without drugs. If you've been in an accident, contact us at Sweeney Chiropractic Clinic in Midwest City at (405) 672-4800 to schedule an assessment.