HEADACHE & HEAD INJURY

@ THE INJURY CLINIC PHYSIOTHERAPY

Are you experiencing a headache, or recently sustained a concussion?

Let the team at The Injury Clinic Physiotherapy work with you to diagnose, fix & prevent your injury.

To book a consult with one of our experienced physiotherapists, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone (03) 5229 3911 or book online.

CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

Cervicogenic headache is a headache that originates from your cervical spine and is one of the most common types of headache.

Differential diagnosis is very important in the treatment and management of cervicogenic headaches as headache symptoms may be the result of a variety of inputs.

Headaches relating to cervical spine dysfunction can be successfully treated and prevented by Physiotherapy intervention.

 

Common contributing factors to Cervicogenic Headache:

  • Muscle and/or joint dysfunction
  • Poor Posture
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Bruxism (clenching teeth)

 

Physiotherapy Management may include:

  • Soft Tissue Techniques
  • Taping
  • Scapula Retraining
  • Postural education and advice
  • Strengthening
  • Dry Needling
  • Joint mobilisation

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CONCUSSION

Concussions have recently been redefined and are now classified as a traumatic brain injury. This is the same classification as a brain injury that is a result of a car accident (for example) and can be of varying severity.

 

A concussion…

  • Causes disturbances to brain function, which is reflected by the post-injury symptoms.
  • Occurs most commonly after impact to the head, but can also occur following injury to the neck, jaw and other areas of the body.
  • Can occur without loss of consciousness (ie. without a person being ‘knocked out), but if a person does lose consciousness they have a concussion.
  • May be symptomatic at the time of injury, however, symptoms may also take 24-48hours to develop.
  • Will resolve in most people with physical and mental rest.
  • In children and adolescents has potential to be more severe. Those under 18 are more susceptible to concussion, take longer to recover, and are more likely to have rare and dangerous complications.
  • That is ignored can be fatal.

 

The signs and symptoms of a concussion vary person to person, however, if a person experiences any of the following, they must be taken to the nearest emergency department or an ambulance must be called.

 

Signs & Symptoms may include:

  • Severe neck pain,
  • Deteriorating consciousness,
  • Increasing confusion or irritability,
  • Worsening headache,
  • Vomiting more than once,
  • Unusual or uncharacteristic behaviour,
  • Seizure (fitting),
  • Double vision, or
  • Weakness or tingling or burning in arms or legs.

 

**Any person exhibiting any of the signs and/or symptoms must be assessed by a medical professional who has knowledge, understanding and experience in the management of concussions.

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