Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is the term used to describe the lingering effects of enduring a traumatic injury to the head. Radiology, an online journal, reported about a study done in November of 2012 that revealed the brain showed significant changes in those suffering from PCS.
Not everyone who sustains a concussion will experience post-concussion syndrome. Studies do indicate that up to 30% of people will go on to suffer from PCS. In many cases, these people are not even aware that they have it. This is due to the fact that so many believe they must be knocked unconscious in order to be diagnosed with a concussion. However, WHO (the World Health Organization) defines it as an MTBI – mild traumatic brain injury – that occurs because of a severe blow to the head or neck resulting in a brief loss of consciousness, memory problems, or confusion, or a combination of these.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome
Currently, there is no neuroimaging available to confirm or deny whether one may actually have PCS after a concussion. However, there are symptoms to look for:
- Problems with memory
- Abnormal headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness and feeling off balance
- Problems sleeping
An associate professor at the NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Yulin Gee, stated that a CT scan or MRI usually shows up normal even if someone has had a mild traumatic brain injury that develops into PCS. So the question becomes: What is the next step to take if one suspects he has suffered a concussion or MTBI?
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Post-Concussion Syndrome
The bones of the upper neck are extremely susceptible to misalignment due to the mobility of this area of the body that allows the head a wide range of movement. A misalignment here can hinder blood flow and communication to and from the brain and body. This results in changes in the brain and causes it no longer to be able to rid itself of a build-up of toxins. A gentle method of chiropractic is used to correct this problem. Then the body can be restored back to a place of better function, and the symptoms of PCS may be eliminated.
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