Concussions are a common injury in sports, car accidents, and falls, and the damage may not stop at a few hours of wooziness. According to Radiology¸ a medical journal, the neural abnormalities seen in Alzheimer’s patients is shocking similar to that found in an MTBI, or mild traumatic brain injury.
One reason for this connection that was postulated by the researchers is that concussions create difficulty in focusing on specific sounds. It has been long established that hearing problems increase the risk of the development of Alzheimer’s.
Another issue that is often set off by a concussion is problems with sleep and wakefulness. This affects memory as well as social function. When these vital aspects of life are affected, the brain reacts negatively. A chain of events is created that leads to faster degeneration of brain activity due to less social activity and the memory problems associated with the injury. As a result, brain activity comes to appear like the changes affecting a person early on in Alzheimer’s.
How to Treat a Concussion Properly and Reduce Risks
The biggest issue is that people often treat a concussion as a very temporary condition. If they are okay in the next day or two, they figure everything is fine. The fact is, however, that the concussion may have set in motion a degeneration that can end in Alzheimer’s. How can you know?
It is always good to have an examination performed by an upper cervical chiropractor after a serious injury such as a concussion. An examination of the top two bones in your upper neck can reveal if a misalignment has occurred. This kind of misalignment can place pressure on the brainstem and cause many of the symptoms that create risk for Alzheimer’s.
By using the Atlas Orthogonal method to correct the misalignment, your body can regain the ability to start healing on its own from the concussion.
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.