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Head Pain and Trauma

Head Pain and Trauma: A head injury is trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain injury. Head injuries are a common reason for emergency room visits. A large number of people who suffer head injuries are children. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for over 1 in 6 injury-related hospital admissions each year.

Head injury can be either closed or open (penetrating).

  • A closed head injury means a hard blow to the head was received from striking an object, but the object did not break the skull.
  • An open/penetrating head injury means a hit with an object that broke the skull and exposed and or entered the brain. This is likely to happen when moving at high speed, i.e. going through the windshield during an auto accident. Also from a gunshot to the head.

Head Pain and Trauma injuries include:

  • Some head injuries cause changes in brain function. This is called a traumatic brain injury.
  • Concussion, where the brain is shaken, is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a concussion can range from mild to severe.
  • Scalp wounds.
  • Skull fractures.

Head injuries may cause bleeding:

  • Inside the brain tissue
  • Inside the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, extradural hematoma)

Causes:

Common causes of head injury include:

  • Accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sports
  • Falls
  • Physical assault
  • Traffic accidents

Most of these injuries are minor because the skull protects the brain. Some injuries are severe enough to require a stay in the hospital.

Symptoms:

Head injuries may cause bleeding in the brain tissue and the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, epidural hematoma).

Symptoms of a head injury can occur right away or can develop slowly over several hours or days. If the skull is not fractured, the brain can still hit the inside of the skull and become bruised. Also, the head may look fine, but problems could result from bleeding or swelling inside. The spinal cord is also likely to be injured in any serious trauma. For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900


Headaches: How Chiropractors Help People Who Suffer

Headaches: How Chiropractors Help People Who Suffer

If you are among the 45 million Americans who suffer headaches regularly, you are undoubtedly familiar with the traditional methods that people use to treat them, including taking some type of over the counter medication that is supposed to eliminate the pain and reduce any associated swelling. There are many other types of treatment that you may have attempted as well, including taking pharmaceutical concoctions designed to treat pain. However, none of these solutions provide permanent relief that addresses the problem at the core.

In the past few decades, there have been an increasing number of patients throughout the country that have begun to seek alternative forms of therapy for all types of conditions, including headaches. One form of treatment that is very promising for physical as well as other types of pain is chiropractic.

This form of alternat

The Efficacy Of Chiropractic For Migraine Headaches

The Efficacy Of Chiropractic For Migraine Headaches

Title: The Efficacy of Chiropractic Adjustments in the care of Migraine Headache with patients presenting with cervical disc bulge.

Abstract: Objective: To explore the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments, and non-surgical spinal decompression in the treatment of cervical spine disc conditions presenting as neck pain, migraine headache, dizziness and visual disturbances. Diagnostic studies included physical examination, computer aided range of motion, orthopedic and neurological examinations, plain film x-ray studies, brain MRI, cervical spine MRI examinations.  Treatments included specific spinal adjustments, low level laser therapy and spinal decompression.  The patient’s outcome proved excellent in reduction of neck pain, headache severity and frequency as well as elimination of dizziness and visual disturbances.

Introduction: On 11/19/13 a 37-year-old female presented for examination and treatment of neck pain, migraine h

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