Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) Basics

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) Basics

Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Post Concussion Syndrome, Post - Concussion Syndrome, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, MTBJMaybe a person has heard the term mild traumatic brain injury or MTBI and has a general idea what it means. However, let’s look a little deeper at what symptoms it causes and what one can do if he suspects he may have sustained an MTBI.

It is important to note, first of all, that not everyone will react the same to a mild traumatic brain injury. Many factors also play a role in the outcome. Things such as the force of the trauma and where the person was hit can all play a vital role. Another thing to remember is that a person does not have to lose consciousness for a concussion to occur. Confusion, disorientation, or just feeling dazed may be enough. Here is a list of the symptoms of a MTBI:

  • Inability to sleep
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Abnormal headaches
  • Depression
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleeping too much
  • Coma
  • Problems concentrating or remembering things
  • Mood changes
  • Odd or bad taste in the mouth
  • Dizziness or feeling off balance
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Slurred speech

A person does not have to have all of these, and they may not occur right away. In some cases, it can take weeks or even years for the problems associated with an MTBI to show up. Knowing this, one can see how vital it is for him or her not to ignore any trauma to the head or neck as it can have lasting effects years later. So where should a person turn to find help?

MTBIs and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

As upper cervical chiropractors, we understand the importance of making sure our patients have healthy spines. We focus our attention on the top two bones of the neck, as these are the most likely to misalign after an MTBI. It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to wreak havoc on the entire body.

Once we determine where the misalignment lies, we use a gentle technique to realign the neck so as to let the body begin healing itself naturally. Once corrected, many patients report feeling significantly better overall, and the symptoms of MTBIs may go away completely.

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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