After a car accident, especially a rear-end crash, headaches is a very common symptom. These headaches can be debilitating and disrupt a person’s life. Although a car accident may not cause migraine headaches (which are different from post-traumatic headaches), the injuries from an automobile accident could trigger the onset of migraine headaches. Those suffering from migraine headaches will be pleased to know that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.
According to a report on ABC Action News, the Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic band worn across the forehead that emits an electric current to stimulate nerves associated with migraine pain. The device is designed to be used no more than 20 minutes a day by patients 18 years and older.
The research reviewed by the FDA showed patients using the device experienced fewer migraines per month than patients using a placebo device. However, the Cefaly device did not completely eliminate migraine headaches or reduce the intensity of migraines that occurred.
Although it is a majority, only about 53 percent of 2,313 patients in a separate study said they were satisfied with the device and willing to purchase it for future use. A chance of help from debilitating headaches is better than no help at all. Let’s hope the Cefaly device proves successful.