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6-types or causes of headaches after brain injury

September 29, 2020

Headaches after brain injury

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A headache is a  very common symptom of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read about different types and causes of headaches.

1. Tension Headaches —

Tension headaches feel like your head is being squeezed at your temples.  Stress and depression often accompany tension headaches.

2. Migraine or Neurovascular Headaches —

Migraine headaches account for approximately 20 percent of post-traumatic headaches. Migraines are thought to be from changes in the blood flow inside the brain.

3. Cervical Headaches —

This kind of post-traumatic headache is common after a brain injury.  This type of headache is usually related to a neck injury involving ligament, muscle, and/or joint injury.

4. Musculoskeletal Headaches —

Musculoskeletal headaches are quite common after a Traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of head produces pain in the muscles or bones of the head, neck, shoulders, and/or jaw (see below) can be a source of head pain.

5. Temporomandibular Joint Disfunction (TMJD) —


TMJD sometimes occurs after trauma and involves injury to the “chewing” muscles around the jaw, or to the jaw joints themselves. TMJD headaches are typically on the side of the head or the temple regions.

6. Neuritic and Neuralgic Pain —


Neuritic and Neuralgic Pain from an traumatic Injury to the nerves in the scalp, face, and upper neck. This nerve trauma can result in head discomfort or headaches with numbness, sensitivity, shooting pain, and or stabbing pain.

Source: Dr. Nathan Zasler, an internationally respected neurorehabilitation physician who specializes in acquired brain injury

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