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

MRIs Illuminate Brain Injuries That CT Scans Do Not Reveal

While most individuals who experience a mild traumatic brain injury recover fully, about 15% will suffer long-term neurological issues, including headache. Currently, computed tomography CT scans are used to assess such injuries, but a recent study reveals that magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) may be the more effective tool for predicting long-term outcomes. 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