Causes Of Headache

Causes Of Headache: Concussion And Post-Traumatic Tension

  Apart from the regular causes and certain diseases that might cause headaches, there are a few other factors which might cause headaches. After an injury, especially a major one, for example, an accident, a person might complain of headaches. In this case, the person might suffer from a concussion or a post-traumatic headache.

If a person suffers a head injury and most importantly loses consciousness after that, it is referred to as a concussion. The person may complain of a headache once he regains consciousness.

These headaches usually diminish with the passage of time. If they continue or lead to drowsiness, then that might be a cause of concern because this indicates the development of a hemorrhage between the skull bones and the membranes of the brain. If this condition exists, immediate medical attention is needed so that the clot, so formed, can be promptly removed before it causes any further damage.

However, it might happen in some cases that, pain may develop after a long time. This indicates that the hemorrhage was slowly growing and has now reached the stage where it has started giving headaches to the patient, quite literally.

Post-Traumatic Tension
As the name itself indicates, this kind of headache results after a trauma suffered on the head. Since the brain is such an important as well as sensitive organ of the body, any injury to it is met with a lot of anxiety as well as fear by the patient and his relatives.

It is important to note here that even a mild head trauma is enough to lead to one of these headaches. The symptoms include dizziness, insomnia, difficulties in concentration and mood as well as personality swings.

Not to speak of headaches, which are the most important feature associated with post-traumatic headaches. Although, these headaches do reduce with time, yet they last up till at least 6-12 months.

At least two reasons have been diagnosed to be the causes of these headaches:
• They could be caused by repeated and sustained contraction of the muscles of the neck and the scalp.
• They might occur due to the vascular nature that these headaches might acquire, thus leading to a pulsating kind of a headache.

Often, these might take the form of a migraine attack. Emotional reactions are also a common feature associated with patients of post-traumatic headache. The treatment for these headaches involves the use of non-narcotic analgesics while tranquilizers or antidepressants may be required for the emotional reactions. Other methods of treatment that might be given a try include physical and manipulative medicine.