Headaches Attributed to Whiplash

Whiplash is a term described as intense cervical spine acceleration and deceleration resulting in injury, mostly of the head and neck. Clinical manifestations include somatic extracervical pain, neurosensory symptoms, and oftentimes cognitive impairment.

Additionally, whiplash often leads to headache syndromes. These types of headaches have no typical characteristics. They can be described as dull/achy, sharp shooting or throbbing sensations. Associated signs and symptoms may include brain fog, light sensitivity, nausea and irritability.

Moreover, this type of headache usually develops within 7 days after an injury and resolves within 3 months.

The Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology has exceptional providers to help diagnose and potentially treat this type of headache syndrome.

By: Jordan Shankle, NP