Human beings, despite being constructed of organic material and doughy tissues, are built to sustain incredible amounts of force and to be able to withstand and survive serious impacts. However, when these impacts occur, they can and often do inflict lingering and long-lasting effects on our bodies. This firm has previously blogged about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and the neuropsychiatric disturbances which they can cause schizophrenia as well as some of the commonly used terms around such injuries. Despite the prevalence of TBI and its potential long-term effects, at least 25% of people with mild TBI seek no medical attention.
In addition to closed-head injuries (such as concussions) and neuropsychiatric disturbances (such as schizophrenia), the most common complaint following a TBI is what’s known as a “post-traumatic headache.” A post-traumatic headache is merely a headache which follows a trauma to the head. The most common types of post-traumatic headaches are tension headaches (wherein it feels as though the afflicted’s head is being squeezed at his or her temples), migraines, cervical headaches (though this are most typically associated with neck injuries involving soft-tissue injures), musculoskeletal headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (commonly referred to as TMJ, this condition is typified by problems with one’s jaw), and neuralgic pain (associated with nerve injuries to the nerves in the face and upper neck resulting in head discomfort). Essentially, a post-traumatic headache occurs in trauma victims because they have small collections of blood or fluid inside of their skulls.
The treatment of post-traumatic headaches is symptomatic. Unfortunately, no medication currently exists which can resolve the underlying injury which is the cause of the complainants pain, so instead, each symptom is treated individually. Chronic tension-type headaches are typically treated with tricyclic antidepressants (i.e. amitriptyline). The goal of these medications is to diminish depression and decrease pain.
If you or a loved one has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury due to the negligence of another and you believe that individual is suffering from post-traumatic headaches as a result, it is well advised to contact a licensed Florida Attorney. It is important to note that post-traumatic headaches can be chronic, and therefore, should you or someone you know be suffering from post-traumatic headaches, it is essential that they seek treatment from a medical professional as soon as possible in order to properly diagnose the problem and the sub-type of headache.
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Once the initial diagnosis and prognosis for recovery are established by your physician, it is important to consult with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if the injury was due to someone else’s negligence, whether the injury occurred in a car or motorcycle accident, or during a sporting event. The attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are committed to understanding the medical nuances of traumatic brain injury so that they can procure just compensation for victims. If we can assist you with a free case evaluation and consultation regarding a traumatic brain injury, please call us at 727-451-6900.
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