Persistent post-traumatic headache, postconcussion syndrome, and whiplash injuries: The evidence for a non-traumatic basis with an historical review

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Abstract

There has been intense controversy about postconcussion syndrome since Erichsen's publication in 1866 on railway brain and railway spine. The fascinating history of this debate will be reviewed and then the non-organic explanations for postconcussion syndrome, headaches after head injury, and chronic whiplash injuries and headaches will be explored including the following: psychogenic, psychosocial, sociocultural, base rate misattribution, chronic pain, compensation and litigation, and malingering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)716-724
Number of pages9
JournalHeadache
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

Keywords

  • Historical aspects
  • Post-traumatic headaches
  • Postconcussion syndrome
  • Railway spine
  • Whiplash injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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