It is not uncommon to experience a headache after a motorcycle crash. Even if you were wearing a helmet, your head may have made impact with the pavement. Although helmets significantly absorb the impact, you can still be left with a headache, and concussions are very common.
If you have been in a motorcycle crash and received medical attention either at the site or afterwards with a physician, you were likely assessed for a concussion. There are a number of tests doctors can perform to determine whether or not you are concussed. If you did suffer from a mild concussion, you likely were told to rest and monitor yourself for any additional symptoms.
Some bikers leave the scene of an accident without seeking medical attention. They may feel alright initially or may just want to avoid the time and expenses associated with medical care. Whatever the reason, if you avoided seeking medical care and now are experiencing recurring headaches, you are likely concerned.
A common, mild headache is usually not cause for alarm, but if you have been involved in a motorcycle or vehicular crash and you are experiencing headaches, you should seek medical attention.
What Recurrent Headaches After a Crash Might Mean
If you have experienced a concussion, you have been told to rest. It is important to give the brain time to heal. Just as you would rest a sprained ankle or a broken arm, you need to rest the brain so that it can fully recover. Failing to do so can exacerbate your problems.
If you do not rest probably after a bike crash, or do not give your brain ample time to heal, you may experience recurrent headaches. If you do, this should come as a warning sign. It is a sign both that your brain requires more time to heal and that you should receive further medical attention.
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A headache that recurs, or a headache that won’t go away, can be a sign of ongoing brain trauma, such as that experienced with a traumatic brain injury. Jarring and impact injuries experienced in a motorcycle accident can lead to swelling and brain bleeds. Some people report that their pain is mild initially, but the headache worsens over time. For other people, the headaches come and go.
Sometimes headaches that come and go are associated with other signs of a brain injury. If you experience any of these symptoms along with a headache after a crash, it’s another indication that you need medical attention. Such symptoms include nausea and vomiting, dizziness, confusion, mood swings or irritability, and sensitivity to lights and sounds.
Most of us take headaches for granted. A minor headache every now and then is not cause for concern, but if they are coming after a bike accident, they warrant further attention.
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If you have been assessed by a physician, they have likely told you to rest in order to recover. Resting in a dark, quiet room is best. Turn off the music, silence your cell phone, and do not turn on the television. Keep as still as possible, and try to avoid engaging in thought or any mentally straining activities.
Some people report that resting in a cool room is especially helpful. Pain relieving medications for headaches, like acetaminophen or an anti-inflammatory medication can help relieve the pain. For ongoing pain, you may need to seek help from a physical therapist.
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Recurrent headaches are a sign of continuing trauma and should not be taken lightly. We urge you to seek attention for your injuries. Once you are on the road to recovery, reach out to us at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE and speak with an attorney to learn how you can receive financial compensation for your injuries, even if you were partially at fault. Do not take your health for granted!