Persistent Headache is Common After a Minor Head or Concussive Injury

July 15, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Upper neck disorders found after injury

Upper neck disorders found after injury

Persistent headache is common after a minor head or concussive injury and is frequently put down to injury to structures within the head.

Research has supported the observation that injury to the neck can occur indirectly as a result of blows to the head. In a group of 12 patients suffering post-concussional headache, significant upper cervical joint disorders were found – this finding supports my clinical experience.

Examination of the upper cervical spine in persistent post-concussional headache is therefore warranted.

Cheers Dean

(Treleaven J, Jull G, Atkinson L. Cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction in post-concussional headache. Cephalalgia 1994;14:273-9)

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Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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