Concussions and post-concussion syndrome are very similar. Basically, post-concussion syndrome lasts long after the concussion should have gone away. It consists of the following symptoms:
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Abnormal headaches
- Problems sleeping
- Extreme tiredness
- Unable to concentrate and problems remembering things
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Blurry vision
How do these types of injuries occur? Some common ways a person may think of are vehicle accidents and sporting injuries. However, any trauma to the head or neck can cause a traumatic brain injury. According to the CDC, these make up 30% of deaths from injury. Some say that concussions occur every 21 seconds in the USA.
Generally, a person will recover from a concussion within a few weeks following an accident. However, if symptoms seem to persist longer than they should, damage may be happening inside the body. This is what is referred to as post-concussion syndrome. If not cared for, it can last for months or even a year or longer and can do lasting damage to the body and health of a person.
What to Do for Post-Concussion Syndrome
When someone experiences an accident, there is often damage done to the spine, particularly in the neck area. Post-concussion syndrome symptoms can be due to a misalignment in the bone that lies just below the skull called the C1 or atlas vertebra. It may be placing pressure on the brainstem, blood vessels, nerves, tissue, and muscle resulting in the symptoms mentioned above.
Upper cervical chiropractic care is a specific form of chiropractic that focuses on realigning the bones of the upper neck vertebrae. At Synergy Chir[practice, we work with patients to help them have a healthy spine once again. This is accomplished by using a specific exam that identifies each individual’s misalignment. Then a gentle adjustment is used that does not require popping or forcing the spine into place. Once the bones move back into position, the body begins using its natural restorative powers to heal the damage done. Post-concussion syndrome symptoms can become a thing of the past, preventing further damage to the body.
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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