Concussions: Myths vs. Truths and Where to Find Real Help

Concussions: Myths vs. Truths and Where to Find Real Help

Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Post Concussion Syndrome, Post - Concussion Syndrome, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, MTBJ

concussions, Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Post Concussion Syndrome, Post - Concussion Syndrome, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, MTBJConcussions are mild traumatic brain injuries that usually occur after a blow to the head. They are surrounded by myths, however. Let’s separate the truth from the myths about concussions and learn how best to care for them.

Here are some of the more common myths concerning concussions:

  • Helmets prevent concussions
  • Symptoms go away after resting for short time
  • A person who goes unconscious is worse off than someone who does not pass out
  • A concussion only happens if one loses consciousness
  • Minor impacts do not cause concussions
  • A CT that is normal is a reliable way to tell if one has a concussion

Now, let’s talk about the truth about concussions:

  • Anyone at any time can get a concussion – from a stay at home mom to an athlete
  • A concussion can occur if one does not pass out
  • Even if the person remains conscious, his or her concussion can be just as bad or worse than someone who has passed out
  • Delaying treatment of a concussion can bring serious consequences

Common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Inability to concentrate or remember things
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Trouble with speech
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Migraines and abnormal headaches

When you endure a head injury, it is vital to care for it as soon as possible. If not, the following neurological conditions can result:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Seizure disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Seeking Help for Concussions

Here at Pairmore & Young Synergy Chiropractic in Anchorage, Alaska, we help our concussion patients by examining the neck for any tiny misalignments that may have occurred during the injury. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are often susceptible to misaligning due to their shape and location. Using a gentle method, we encourage these bones to move back into place on their own rather than forcing them to do so. This often clears up concussion symptoms, helping you get back on your feet and living life again!

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