A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain following a blow to the head. Whether it occurred because of a sports injury or a motor vehicle accident, a concussion can have both immediate and longer-lasting ramifications. A loss of consciousness is not necessary to experience a concussion. In fact, some people may not even be aware that they may be suffering from a concussion if the initial injury didn’t seem that bad at the time. This can be quite dangerous considering the changes that may occur in brain function as a result.
A person with a concussion may have a headache or feel pressure in the head. They may also feel dizzy, nauseated, and extremely tired. In some cases, there may be ringing in the ears, problems with speech, and cognitive deficits as well. Some symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks after, including problems with memory, sleep issues, depression, anxiety, or personality changes.
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When someone sustains a blow to the head bad enough to cause a concussion, the odds are they’ve also injured the neck as well. Upper cervical specialist Dr. Terry Crowder sees this all the time in his practice; his patients who come in after a concussion often have a very specific misalignment of the vertebra that sits just beneath the skull at the top of the neck. This vertebra is responsible for holding the head up, so it makes sense that after a blow to the head, this small bone can be easily forced out of position. This can be the culprit for lingering concussion symptoms, especially headaches.
If you’ve suffered a concussion, having your upper cervical spine examined for a misalignment is key for ensuring proper healing. Dr. Crowder will perform a thorough analysis to determine if this misalignment is present and will then customize a plan of care to correct the issue. Many people with persistent concussion symptoms will finally find the lasting relief they’ve been seeking.
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