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Head Injury / Post-concussion Syndrome


Description

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, usually occurring after a blow to the head. Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which a variable combination of symptoms, such as headaches and dizziness, last for weeks, months, or even years after the injury that caused the concussion. Loss of consciousness is not required for a diagnosis of concussion or post-concussion syndrome. In fact, the risk of post-concussion syndrome does not appear to be associated with the severity of the initial injury. During motor vehicle and sports accidents, concussion may occur concurrently with whiplash, in which case the individual may sustain both brain and cervical injuries.

The most common symptoms of brain injury include:1-21

Traumatic head injury (and the resulting upper neck injury) also has been implicated as a cause and/or risk factor for the onset of many neurological diseases, including but not limited to:22-58



How Upper Cervical Care Relates to Head Injury / Post-concussion Syndrome

Following the head injury (concussion, whiplash, blow to the head, etc.), symptoms can be triggered immediately or can take months or years to develop.

The purpose of upper cervical chiropractic care is to reverse the head trauma-induced upper neck injury; thereby reducing irritation to the nerves in the brain stem and spinal cord that can trigger pain and neurological symptoms. After head trauma, an evaluation is necessary in each individual's case to assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether benefit from upper cervical care can be achieved.



Case Studies

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Research Articles and Publications
References:
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