Factors Associated with Sport-Related Post-concussion Headache and Opportunities for Treatment

The purpose of this review is to describe factors both pre- and post-injury that are associated with post-concussion headache, describe the influence of post-concussion headache on recovery following concussion, and provide potential post-concussion treatment options that may reduce the burden of headache, as well as other symptoms to facilitate recovery

Johna K. Register-Mihalik

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • The purpose of this review is to describe factors both pre- and post-injury that are associated with post-concussion headache, describe the influence of post-concussion headache on recovery following concussion, and provide potential post-concussion treatment options that may reduce the burden of headache, as well as other symptoms to facilitate recovery
  • Various factors may be associated with post-concussion headache presentation
  • Post-injury presentation factors for consideration may include injury mechanism, symptom clusters, cervicogenic dysfunction, and post-concussion physiologic dysfunction. Despite this complex interplay of factors, many treatment options may improve headache symptoms and recovery post-concussion including rehabilitation programs focusing on deficits such as visual-vestibular dysfunction, sub-symptom threshold exercise, and potential pharmacological interventions

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