Whiplash Headache

Near­ly 80 per­cent of peo­ple who expe­ri­ence whiplash devel­op a chron­ic headache, also known as cer­vico­genic or neck-relat­ed headache.

The sud­den and extreme back-and-forth motion of whiplash can injure the cer­vi­cal facet joints, caus­ing inflam­ma­tion and irri­ta­tion of the nerves in the brain stem and spinal cord.

The symp­toms of whiplash headache are often indis­tin­guish­able from any oth­er headache. Pain can occur in any part of the head, neck and jaw. Symp­toms may occur imme­di­ate­ly after an injury or sev­er­al days later.

Whiplash headache can ini­tial­ly be treat­ed with phys­i­cal ther­a­py and anti-inflam­ma­to­ry med­ica­tions. If pain per­sists, steroid/​anes­thet­ic injec­tions in the facet joints of the spine may pro­vide tem­po­rary relief, or radiofre­quen­cy pain blocks may pro­vide long-term relief.

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(Infor­ma­tion obtained from www​.viewmed​ica​.com 2012 Swarm Interactive).