Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a condition that can last for weeks or months following a head injury. The injury does not necessarily have to be severe to cause post-concussion syndrome. In fact, there doesn’t appear to be a link between the severity of a head injury and the chances of developing PCS.1 Sports-related concussions alone number an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million in the United States, making PCS a leading problem in public health.2
One of the most common symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome are headaches.1 This seems logical seeing as the initial event that caused the concussion often involved some type of blow to the head or other traumatic head injury. If these headaches fail to subside within a short period of time following a headache, a diagnosis of PCS is usually made.
A traditional approach to post-concussion syndrome treatment is aimed at symptomatic relief. Oftentimes this includes medications to address the multitude of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. While these treatments may provide temporary relief, the underlying cause remains uncorrected. In McKinney, TX, headache expert Dr. Crowder works with patients to get to the bottom of their post-concussion related headaches and other related symptoms. Using a very specialized method of analysis, Dr. Crowder is able to determine if the underlying cause of post-concussion symptoms is a misalignment of the bones that sit just beneath the skull. A misalignment of these top two bones in the neck that may have been caused by the same injury that caused the concussion can wreak havoc on the nervous system and cause many of the PCS-related symptoms. Dr. Crowder works with patients to correct these misalignments, which allows patients to heal and regain their quality of life naturally.
- Mayo Clinic. Post-concussion syndrome. [homepage on the Internet]. 2014 [cited 2015 Jun 4]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-concussion-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20032705
- Leddy JJ, Sandhu H, Sodhi V, Baker JG, Willer B. Rehabilitation of Concussion and Post-concussion Syndrome. Sports Health. 2012;4(2):147-154. doi:10.1177/1941738111433673.