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Jul 31, 2013 8:42 AM by Lacey Steele

Your Healthy Family: Concussions and Headaches

Doctors say the impact of getting hit in the head can cause more than a concussion.

It can actually cause a secondary injury that's resulting in severe headaches.

There's a simple procedure that may be able to help.

Many patients say the pain is so bad they can't sit through school or work.

Those headaches started after patients suffered one or more concussions.

At first, many patients are given migraine and pain medications, but that doesn't always help.

One plastic surgeon started looking closer at the head and neck and found something that other doctors didn't.

It's a secondary injury in the neck that occurred during the impact to the head.

It causes nerves in the neck to become compressed or even tangled with tendons and muscle.

"The goal of the treatment is to try to bring those nerves back to as close to normal condition to what they were before the event," said Dr. Ivica Ducic, a plastic surgeon.

The procedure is an outpatient surgery that usually takes about an hour.

Most patients say after about a week of recovery, the headaches were gone.

 

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