Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) follows a concussion and can cause a person to experience a number of serious health problems many months or years later if not properly cared for. When a person seeks medical care after a traumatic blow to the head, the focus is often on whether or not there has been significant damage to the brain or skull. No matter how many x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and neurological exams a person has, unless a doctor is specifically looking for an injury to the upper cervical spine, it will likely not be noted. A person may leave his doctor’s office with a clean bill of health but still see effects from the concussion as time passes. What are some symptoms to be aware of that may indicate a person is suffering from PCS?
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Nausea and vomiting
- Memory loss
- Cognitive problems referred to as brain fog
- Chronic headaches
Why Concussions Lead to Health Problems
JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) reported on a study performed in Cincinnati in early 2013. They found that post-concussion syndrome was noted in 29% of children in the age range of 3 to 18 years who presented with concussions at the emergency department.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps with Post-Concussion Syndrome
A person cannot receive a blow to the head without the neck feeling the effects. This usually occurs in the C1 or C2 vertebra due to the fact that these bones are easily misaligned since they have such a great range of motion. Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to find these misalignments and to work with patients to correct them. This is done through a gentle, precise method that encourages the bones to move back into alignment naturally. The body can begin to heal and restore communication that was previously hindered by the misalignment. Often this is all that is needed to help someone see the end of his suffering from post-concussion symptoms.
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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Expert 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 https://www.vlifewellness.com/