concussion, head trauma, neck trauma, whiplash, post-concussion syndromeSome estimates reveal that as many as 7 in 10 young athletes who sustain a potential concussion keep playing rather than retiring to the locker room (or even a doctor’s office) for a more thorough examination. These estimates were released by the US government in a September 2015 report.

The CDC’s Dr. Grant Baldwin has stated that 2.5 million people sustain brain trauma in the US each year. The number of persons in the US living with disabilities caused by brain injuries is presently 5.3 million. Besides the pain caused to the individuals, this also places a $60 billion dollar burden on the economy. Brain injuries can result in many disabilities including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cognitive problems (memory and concentration)
  • Sensory problems
    • Double vision
    • Sound and light sensitivity
    • Tinnitus
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

And these are just some of the potential signs of a brain injury. Unfortunately, most doctors just prescribe rest and pain medications and leave the body to try and heal itself from the trauma. It is often not that simple of a fix.

At Vital Wellness Life Center, we take a more proactive approach to relieving brain trauma. Head and neck injuries often cause a misalignment of the C1 or C2 vertebrae. When such a misalignment exists, the symptoms noted above, as well as many others, can persist long after an injury. We use the NUCCA technique to identify and correct such a misalignment. Then the body can actually begin to heal itself.

A seven mile per hour car accident can cause damage to the neck of an adult. Image what a collision at much greater speeds on a sports field can do to a young person. Especially when the brain is still in the developmental stages, it is important to have injured athletes examined for an upper cervical misalignment. Correcting the problem quickly can prevent a lifetime of mysterious symptoms.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at