Post-Traumatic Headache Affects Civilians and Military Personnel

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a prevalent, serious health problem with potentially long-lasting effects. Each year in the United States, 1.7 million people sustain a TBI that requires medical attention. Wars in the Middle East have led to more than 250,000 brain injuries among members of the military since 2000. Worldwide, TBI is the leading cause of chronic disability among young adults and children. Post-traumatic headache (PTH) is the most frequent symptom after a TBI. Continue Reading

Occipital Nerve Stimulation May Help with Intractable Headache

Headache disorders are prevalent, and while medical therapy provides relief to many headache sufferers, a significant number find their headaches unresponsive to treatment.

One new therapy showing promise for such individuals is occipital nerve stimulation (ONS). A thorough review of this subject was included in the January issue of Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders.

This treatment has been used with migraine, cluster headache, hemicrania continua, cervicogenic headache, post-traumatic headache, occipital neuralgia and other headache disorders. Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury Frequently Leads to Headache

Headache after a traumatic brain injury is more common than previously understood, according to a recent study reported in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

In the first year after injury, 71% percent of study participants reported headache, much higher than earlier studies have found. The findings were particularly pronounced for women, with 74% reporting headache in that year compared to 63% of men. Continue Reading