A Natural Return to Normal Following Concussion



Concussion, Whiplash, Neck Ache, Neck Pain, Neck Injury, Head InjuryA concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that changes the brain’s ability to function.  Even an injury perceived as mild, such as a fender bender, has the ability to cause a concussion.  Usually, the aftereffects are temporary and include headaches, memory problems, and difficulty with concentration, coordination, and balance.  Much of the time, we hear about concussions as they relate to sports injuries, and that is certainly a legitimate concern.

A recent research study has shown a possible correlation between hormone levels and a person’s level of recovery following a concussion.  Preliminary results show that information gathered from blood testing could gauge the degree of the injury and perhaps estimate the amount of time necessary to recover.  The information gathered from this study is being looked at as a first step in the process of developing a means to determine objectively when an athlete is fit to return to play after sustaining a traumatic head injury.

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There are instances when concussion symptoms linger on long past the point when they should have dissipated.  This is a condition known as post-concussion syndrome.  For an injury to have been traumatic enough to cause a concussion, damage to the neck should be explored as a possibility as well.  The vertebrae that sit just beneath the skull are especially prone to misalignment because of their unique shape and biomechanics.  Concussion patients, especially those with lingering symptoms, must have misalignments in this area corrected in order to heal.

We see many patients in our offices after a head injury, and we are able to help them safely, gently, and naturally.  Rather than just medicating the individual symptoms, upper cervical chiropractic identifies the root cause of the issue and works towards correcting it through specifically applied adjustments.  By restoring the alignment of these vertebrae to normal, it also allows for normal blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid flow, and neurological function to return.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/basics/definition/con-20019272

https://www.shu.edu/news/potential-hormonal-marker-for-concussion.cfm

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