Study Clarifies Traumatic Brain Injuries and Headache Connections

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A recent study confirmed the link between traumatic brain injury and headaches or migraines.

The article published in the July 2016 Medical Surveillance Monthly Report also shows how the prevalence of headaches for service members with TBI increases with the severity of the injury.

“Compared to service members without TBI, those who sustained a mild TBI were 3.99 times more likely to have a headache or migraine, and those with a moderate/severe TBI were 8.89 times more likely.”[i] – Vincent P. Beswick-Escanlar, MD, MPH et al. (July 2016, MSMR)

Source: Medical Surveillance Monthly Report

Source: Medical Surveillance Monthly Report

This highlights the importance of finding sustainable treatment options for service members experiencing headache due to mild to moderate TBI. Another study also published this year provided evidence that acupuncture should be a standard form of treatment for chronic headaches due to TBI. Researchers discovered that both Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA) and Auricular Acupuncture (AA) were more effective for reducing pain and improving headache-related quality of life than usual care without acupuncture.

Learn more about the Samueli institute study on acupuncture for headache here.


[i] Increasing Severity of Traumatic Brain Injury Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Subsequent Headache or Migraine: A Retrospective Cohort Study of U.S. Active Duty Service Members, 2006–2015