Post-Concussion Syndrome—Identifying the Specific Type

According to some estimates, post-concussion syndrome occurs in 15-20% of people who experience a traumatic brain injury. Researchers have classified post-concussion disorders into 3 categories based on the symptoms that patients experience. What are the differences between these conditions and is there any way to seek natural relief?

3 Post-Concussion Syndrome Categories

Physiologic – Symptoms include headaches that get worse when a person is active physically or mentally. Other symptoms are nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, and cognitive problems.

Vestibulo-Ocular – Symptoms include various forms of dizziness such as vertigo, disequilibrium, and lightheadedness. Vision problems are also common and include sensitivity to light, double or blurred vision, and eye strain.

Cervicogenic – Primary symptoms include neck stiffness and pain along with a reduced range of motion. Balance issues and lightheadedness are also common. Headaches occur and moving the head can increase the pain of these headaches.

Help for Post-Concussion Syndrome Is Available

When a concussion occurs, the blow to the head can very often cause a misalignment of the bones of the upper cervical spine. As a result, pressure may be placed on the brainstem, cerebrospinal fluid drainage can be interrupted, and proper blood flow to the brain may be reduced. All of these elements may contribute to the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

At Providence Chiropractic, we use the NUCCA technique to examine the upper cervical spine for misalignments and then to provide a gentle and specific correction.  Once the misalignment is corrected, many find that their symptoms are reduced. Gentle corrections result in a longer lasting adjustment which gives the body more time to heal. As a result, patients see benefits immediately and on an ongoing basis.

If you are experiencing the effects of post-concussion syndrome following trauma, we encourage you to come see us for an upper cervical examination. If a misalignment exists, you may soon be on the road to recovery.


Ellis, Michael J. “Physiological, vestibule-ocular and cervicogenic post-concussion disorders: An evidence-based classification system with directions for treatment.” Accessed 8 August 2016.

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