Post-Concussion Syndrome — What Role Does the Neck Play?

Post-concussion syndrome has been in the news a lot lately due to the prevalence of long-term injury being seen in professional sports players. From hockey to boxing and even entertainers such as wrestling stars, concussions are a common part of sports. Even high school athletes see an alarming number of mTBIs (mild traumatic brain injury – the clinical term for a concussion).

What are some of the signs that a concussion has occurred? Here are just a few:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Problems with balance

These are just a few of the many symptoms experienced following a concussion. It is interesting to note that all of these symptoms are also signs of a whiplash injury. As a result, when concussions lead to long-term symptoms, it makes sense to look at the neck as the potential source of the problem.

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The Results of Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Post-Concussion Syndrome Patients

Numerous case studies (see the reference below) reveal the benefits that people receive when upper cervical chiropractic care is sought after concussion or whiplash injuries. Often, the symptoms noted above are completely resolved within one month’s time through upper cervical realignment.

The idea that resting until a concussion resolves itself is an outdated method of care. For many patients, bed rest has limited benefits as post-concussion effects may continue for years. On the other hand, research is mounting that shows a skilled upper cervical specialist can identify and correct the misalignments that cause these symptoms.

Therefore, if you are suffering from the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome following a head or neck injury, even if the injury occurred a number of years ago, we encourage you to seek an examination from an upper cervical chiropractor to see if there may be a simple underlying cause for your varied symptoms.

Reference:

Cameron M. Marshall, Howard, Vernon, John J Leddy & Bradley A Baldwin (2105) The role of the cervical spine in post-concussion syndrome, The Physician and Sportmedicine, 43:3, 274-284, DOI: 10.1080/00913847.2015.1064301

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