Acquired Brain Injury System Navigation of Southeastern Ontario

Post Traumatic Headache & Pain

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Some examples of headache or pain after concussion

  • Symptoms can vary from one person to another
  • They may be experienced as tension-headaches with mild throbbing across the skull
  • They may also be perceived as migraine like symptoms, with sharper pain and sensitivity to light and noise
  • Whiplash injuries may also play a role in the development of headache symptoms after trauma (not just concussion)
  • Headaches can cause the sufferer to have more difficulty with other tasks, such as memory and concentration



  • As with recovery from other concussion symptoms, good self-care is very important to keep headaches at bay.  Get enough rest, take breaks, and don’t overdo it.
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs.
  • Stay moderately active, as symptoms allow.
  • If you have a whiplash injury, be sure your treatment plan takes this into consideration, such as receiving physiotherapy
  • Your doctor may be able to prescribe medication to help with headaches if they become long-term


Links for More Tips – click on titles to go to these sites:

Brainline: Headaches

Headaches after TBI Factsheet
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