Sadly, post-concussion syndrome is something that may accompany a child’s love of sports. Not all children will suffer from a concussion, but it is important to be aware of what post-concussion syndrome is and how to cope with it in case it does happen.
The most important thing parents can do for their sports-loving children is to help them prevent accidents. How can this be done? By teaching them the importance of:
- Getting proper rest
- Stretching before engaging in sports
- Eating properly to fuel their bodies
- Living an overall healthy lifestyle
While doing these things will help, they won’t prevent a child from suffering a concussion if a blow to the head or neck occurs. Keep in mind that a concussion can occur even if the child is not knocked unconscious. Initial symptoms may only last for 15 minutes, but the condition can have long-lasting effects.
How to Care for Post-Concussion Syndrome
Here are some steps to take that will help ensure a child is properly cared for before or after a concussion:
- Proper protection: Correctly fitting safety gear is a must.
- Take a break: If it is suspected that a child has had a concussion, he or she should remain out of the rest of the game to give the brain time to recover. He should not resume play until all traces of symptoms go away completely.
- Avoid future concussions: Repeatedly enduring concussions can lead to swelling in the brain, brain damage, disability, or even death.
- Seeking professional care: Upper cervical chiropractors can help with this type of injury because the long-lasting effects of a concussion are often linked to a simultaneous misalignment of the atlas and axis (C1 and C2 vertebrae).
Post-Concussion Syndrome and Upper Cervical Chiropractic
At Synergy Chiropractic, we use a gentle and safe technique to encourage the neck bones to move back into proper alignment. A misalignment in the top two neck bones is often the end result of a blow to the head and leads to post-concussion syndrome. By correcting this problem as soon as possible after the injury, children may get back to a regular lifestyle more quickly following an injury.
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Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are 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 migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about our team at http://www.907chiro.com/our-team