Concussions Cause Changes in the Brain

Concussions Cause Changes in the Brain

Concussion, Brain Injury, TBI, Head Injury

concussion (1)Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is the end result of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), also called a concussion. The World Health Organization defines this as a traumatic event that causes a loss of consciousness for a small amount of time and short-lived memory impairment or confusion. Symptoms include: 

  • Inability to concentrate 
  • Recurrent headaches 
  • Problems with memory 

Post-concussion syndrome affects up to 30% of people who experience a concussion. Neuroimaging cannot conclusively find a difference between a normal patient and those with an MTBI. Therefore, it is unknown whether or not a person will develop PCS. Dr. Yulin Ge, M.D. wanted to understand better why some go on to develop severe symptoms and how this can be seen before they develop. He used an MRI to examine the brain at its resting state, such as when a person is daydreaming. He relays that a baseline resting state is important for processing information and maintaining proper function. Variances in the resting state of the brain have been seen in a number of different conditions, such as autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s. Little is known, however, about the resting state of the brain after a concussion. 

When Dr. Ge compared 23 MTBI patients with post-concussion symptoms with 18 patients of similar age with healthy brains, he saw a disruption in communication and the way information is processed in MTBI patients. The brain used different resources in these patients to make up for the impairment.  

Concussions and the Upper Neck 

Previous research supports this finding. Upright MRI’s in the past have revealed damage to the cervical spine (the top bones of the neck), caused by such things as whiplash, create misalignments in this area. This leads to hindering the flow of cerebrospinal fluid flow and blood flow to the brain. This can cause leaks of cerebral spinal fluid and intracranial pressure.  

Upper cervical chiropractors are trained to detect and correct these upper neck misalignments. Once corrected by a gentle, effective method, functioning of the brain has been shown to return to normal relieving the person of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. 

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.