Chronic Post Traumatic Headache is any headache that occurs within 7 days of an injury and persists for at least 90 days. Neurological symptoms may include cognitive impairment, irritability and poor concentration. Additionally, patients may report sleep disturbances.
These types of headaches have no typical characteristics and can be diagnosed with or without associated loss of consciousness. Patients may experience post traumatic amnesia for up to 48 hours and extreme fatigue.
Neuroimaging to include brain MRI is often performed to rule out traumatic brain lesions i.e. cerebral hematoma or intracranial hemorrhage. Brain contusions and/or fractures can be seen as well.
The Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology has exceptional providers to help diagnose and potentially treat chronic post traumatic headache.
By: Jordan Shankle, PA