Whiplash is one of the most common results of an auto accident. One of the symptoms that you might feel, apart from neck pain, is a whiplash headache. But how do you know your headache is a result of your accident, and not just a regular tension headache? Well, there are a few key differences that might help you identify your problem.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a common condition. It’s the result of any situation that whips the neck quickly forward, backward or to the side. The reason whiplash hurts so much is that it forces the muscles and ligaments of the neck to overextend in a particular direction. It’s the same as if you roll your ankle. The sudden movement and excess of force strains your muscles. The problem with whiplash is that it is so easy to aggravate. In severe cases, it is practically impossible to move your head- that’s how bad the pain is!
Cases like these are the result of severe auto accidents. The easiest way to get whiplash in a car accident is through a rear end collision. The sudden and violent force will cause your head to jerk forward quickly. But auto accidents from any angle can cause whiplash, too. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention after an auto accident, even if it seems like you don’t have a problem.
You might assume that whiplash is something that only affects the neck. That’s not true. Debilitating cases of whiplash can affect the neck, the shoulders, and even the upper arms and upper back. Not only that, but it can cause whiplash headache, too!
What Is Whiplash Headache?
Somewhere around 80% of people who suffer with whiplash also suffer with chronic headaches. They tend to last for as long as you have whiplash, and feel like common tension headaches but worse. That’s why they’re so easy to confuse with migraines. More specifically, these headaches are known as cervicogenic headaches. There’s a little clue in the name that may help you figure out what causes them!
Cervicogenic headaches are secondary headaches, which means that they are caused by another separate issue (in this case, neck pain/whiplash). The term doesn’t apply to any headache that co-occurs with neck pain. Instead, it refers specifically to neck pain that directly causes headaches through a problem in the neck vertebrae or soft tissue, which is exactly the problem with whiplash. Here are the main symptoms of whiplash headache:
- The typical feeling of a tension headache, either towards the back or front of the head
- Co-occuring pain in the neck and jaw
- Headaches that come and go with neck pain
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you’ve probably got whiplash headache.
How To Tell If You Have Whiplash Headache
There are a few easy steps that you should follow to determine whether you have whiplash headache, or a regular tension headache. Follow these guidelines:
- Have you noticed that you have tension headaches far more than you used to prior to your accident?
- Do you tend to have these headaches at the same time, or after you aggravate your neck pain?
- Do you occasionally feel dizzy at the same time as you get your headache?
When you can answer yes to these questions, it’s likely that your headaches are the result of your accident. If not, you may simply be having regular headaches. If you used to have migraines prior to going through your injury, that is an independent condition.
How Much Compensation For Whiplash?
The amount of compensation you get for your whiplash depends on a number of factors.
- Has your whiplash meant that you’ve received hospital bills that you otherwise would not have? If so, you might be able to claim these bills back through insurance.
- Did your whiplash stop you from being able to go to work? If so, you may be able to claim for lost earnings.
- Has your whiplash caused you pain and suffering? In other words, have you not been able to enjoy life because your whiplash has been in the way? That’s something you can claim for, too.
You might notice that we’ve used a few mays and mights there. That’s because there’s nothing we can say for certain about your claim before you let us know the details. Say for example that the accident was entirely your fault: well, you won’t be able to claim a thing. The same goes if you didn’t collect any evidence or any statements to back up your version of events. Even if you’re in the right, you won’t be able to claim if the evidence isn’t on your side.
That’s where we come in!
Why Call 719Pain?
719Pain are here to help. We’re an independent, unaffiliated organization that’s dedicated to finding you the best medical care and the best legal advice all in one place. It’s so much simpler than asking around, finding reviews and calling different physicians- we’ve done all the hard work so that you don’t have to. All you have to do is:
- Call us on 719-Pain.
- Tell our operator what the problem is, and how best you think we could help.
- Give us some details about the accident you’ve been through.
We’ll take care of the rest. Our operator will put you through to the physician, chiropractor or lawyer that’s the best fit for your problem. Once you’re in touch with them, you can finally set aside some time for recovering… Rather than doing the research yourself.
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