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Post-Concussion Syndrome: What It Is and How to Care for It

post-concussion-syndrome-what-it-is-and-how-to-care-for-itPost-concussion syndrome is a group of symptoms that occurs after you have endured a blow to the head or neck. Doctors who are treating post-concussion syndrome focus on what damage was done to the brain as that is what MRI’s, CAT scans, x-rays, and other neurological tests can reveal. However, damage often occurs to more than just the brain. Damage done to the neck is a major factor that leads to a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome.

To be clear, a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury including one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Frustration
  • Sensitivity to noise and bright light
  • Dizziness
  • Amnesia
  • Headaches
  • Symptoms similar to fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Brain fog

You do not always have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. These symptoms may last for weeks, months, or even years after the original trauma. When it lasts for a long time afterward, it is then classified as post-concussion syndrome.

Interesting Information About Post-Concussion Syndrome

A study was done at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2013. It revealed that 29.3 percent of children in the age range of 5 to 18 who visited the ER for concussions developed post-concussion syndrome. Another study put this number at one-third. The good news is that there is a safe and effective method to care for post-concussion syndrome in children and adults.

Understanding Post-Concussion Syndrome and How to Care for It

When the head or neck endures trauma, the connective tissue keeping the spine in place can tear loose. This weakens the spine and causes it to lock in a position of stress. The vertebrae then begin to pull on the ones around them. This leads to the head moving out of proper alignment.

When the head is off center, a number of serious health problems can ensue. However, the misalignment causing the problem can be adjusted. Upper cervical chiropractors have had much success in helping their post-concussion syndrome patients. They use a gentle method. They are not required to pop or crack the neck for positive results. The bones move back into place more naturally with this gentle method, leading to relief from the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

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