If one has endured a concussion, there may be lingering symptoms that can suggest post-concussion syndrome is the occurring. This is especially true in the case of those who have had more than one concussion or blow to the head. The person may be suffering from what is called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However, it is impossible to determine this unless an autopsy is performed. Some even debate the existence of CTE.
Robert Stern from Boston University was part of a meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. He stated during the meeting that the experts around the world in this field do not question whether or not CTE exists. He pointed out a number of studies that looked at 85 post-mortem brains. Of these, 64 had suffered repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries. Out of the 85 total, 68 had signs of CTE and the degeneration seen with it.
Opposing his argument, Christopher Randolph made the claim that those studies did show something had changed in the brains of these individuals, but it was of uncertain clinical significance. He said the study does not prove CTE exists and more studies would need to be conducted to confirm it.
Whether or not the two parties agree on the existence of CTE, they do agree that those enduring repeated blows to the head, such as athletes, are at a greater risk for concussions. This risk may be linked to an injury to the neck. How so?
Concussions and the Neck
One cannot have a blow to the head and not endure a neck injury. The top bones of the neck, the C1 and C2 vertebrae, are very mobile and thus more susceptible to injury. Therefore, when one has had a trauma to the head or neck, the first place to begin is by seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. We use a gentle method to encourage the bones to move back into their original position so as to keep a person in the best health possible.
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