Are my headaches from my concussion or something else?

Are the terrible headaches that I am experiencing from my concussion or something else?

Why have my other symptoms been improving, but these headaches persist?

If you’ve had a concussion or two or three and are still plagued by headaches, read on.....

Once experiencing a concussion, it is common for people and doctors alike to assign every symptom someone has been experiencing to the injured brain after a concussion. Although, this can be true, there are many cases of headaches following concussion‘s that are not being caused by the brain injury.

It has been my experience, that often enough, some or all of a persons headaches they experience after their mild traumatic brain injury are actually due to muscular or myofascial trigger points in the neck muscles caused by the whiplash injury to the neck that occurred at the same time as the mTBI.

It is fairly easy to determine if this is the case. Typically, a well-trained clinician that is used to dealing with these types of cases can make this distinction. Even though some of the mental or physical exertion that can provoke concussion symptoms such as nausea, blurry vision, dizziness and headaches, can trigger myofascial headaches, by activating these myofascial trigger points. Therefore, specific treatment to disrupt and eliminate these trigger points will stop the recurrence of the headaches apart from any treatments geared specifically towards rehabilitating the brain injury.

I recently began treating a young man who sustained two concussion within months of each other. He was under the impression that his headaches were due to his mTBI, but upon examination, I found this not to be the case and treatment directed at eliminating the trigger points in his neck muscles has nearly eliminated his headaches in just eight visits over only a few weeks of treatment.

These headaches can be constant or episodic. They can be low level and annoying or intense and debilitating. These headaches can be in the temples, behind the eyes, in the forehead, top or back of the head or cover the entire head or only one side. There are basically four major muscles that can have trigger points in them that radiate into various parts of the head. Often all of these muscle are involved and can cause differing headache experiences depending on whether one set or all are active at the same time.

The most important thing is to be properly diagnosed and not assume all of your symptoms are brain related. Of course, if all of your symptoms are related to the brain injury, there are great function neurological and clinical nutritional protocols to aid in your recovery. Functional neurology, which will be a future topic on my blog can specifically target different neurological pathways to effect the nervous system to help balance dysfunctional regions. Clinical nutritional compounds that can help reverse the energy crisis, inflammatory processes, free radical or oxidative onslaught along with the other pathological effects of mTBI’s will also be discussed in future posts.

For now, remember one thing....If you have a concussion...TREAT IT!!!

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