Post-Concussion Syndrome-How Long Should It Take to Recover?

Post-concussion syndrome refers to a list of lingering symptoms that present after a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) has occurred. This is a common injury for those who play hockey and other contact sports, but you don’t have to be doing anything dangerous to experience an MTBI. In fact, you don’t even have to lose consciousness from the head injury for it to create long-term effects. How long should you expect recovery time to take?

That’s a tricky question to answer. The extent of the damage will often determine how long it will take for the body to make a full recovery, or if a full recovery is even possible without medical help. While many doctors will just say keeping the person awake for 24 hours is the only real treatment followed by rest and maybe some prescription pain meds, that treatment is missing one vital element.

Head and neck trauma often result in an atlas (C1 vertebra) misalignment. Such a misalignment can cause many of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Cognitive problems (memory, thinking, etc.)
  • Tinnitus

That’s just a short list of symptoms. How can upper cervical care help?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Post-Concussion Syndrome

If a person has experienced a concussion, even if the injury seems minor, it is a good idea to have the upper spine examined. A misalignment of less than a millimeter can result in many symptoms in line with post-concussion syndrome. If the underlying misalignment is not corrected, these symptoms can continue on for many months, even years.

At Providence Chiropractic, we offer the NUCCA method of diagnosing and treating the upper cervical subluxations that can result in the symptoms noted above and many others. We encourage anyone who has experienced an MTBI, whether playing sports or just slipping on the sidewalk, to have an examination. Correcting an upper cervical misalignment may be a key to a speedy recovery.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kuhn call 780-450-1041 or just click the button below.

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