In a car crash, your head can be very rapidly and violently whipped around. This motion can injure many assorted portions of your neck, including the blood vessels that supply your brain.

The spinal arteries are particularly at risk, as they literally pass through the cervical vertebrae.

While your neck is whipped, the blood vessels can be distorted or stretched out, injuring the lining of the vessels. This can cause inflammation or tearing, and in some cases, can obstruct the circulation of blood.

Signs or symptoms of vertebral artery impairment can be felt as a soreness in the rear of the head that increases over time, and it can be on either side of the head or in the middle. In some cases the pain is felt as aching, and sometimes it may feel like a build-up in pressure or a throbbing sensation.

If you have these warning signs, it's essential that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you have been in an auto collision, Dr. Stern is here to help. We can help establish the underlying cause of your problem and develop a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many people in San Francisco, CA heal from these types of problems.

Call our office today at (415) 308-7636 for a consultation or for more information.