What is Post-Concussion Syndrome? How Does It Happen?

What is Post-Concussion Syndrome? How Does It Happen?

Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion Syndrome

Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion SyndromePost-concussion syndrome (PCS) is the long-lasting effect of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI’s happen when a person receives a direct blow to his head. Not only do martial arts fighters and sports players have these injuries happen, but they can also occur if someone trips and falls (falling down stairs or out of bed, for example) or during vehicular accidents (particularly if a person hits the windshield, dashboard, or steering wheel). Also, being kicked in the head or punched can cause a TBI.

When Does It Become Post-Concussion Syndrome?

A few days after the injury, a person may begin to experience the following, alerting him that he needs to seek further care:

  • Abnormal migraines or tension headaches
  • Sensitivity to sounds, lights, or odors
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Problems concentrating
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Feeling stressed
  • Becoming emotional
  • Experiencing neck pain
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Becoming irritable

What Will My Doctor Do?

More-than-likely, a medical doctor will prescribe some sort of medication to treat the headaches and dizziness. Medicine for depression can help with irritability, stress, and emotional instability. However, none of these address the underlying issue. Therefore, symptoms may persist. So now what?

Upper Cervical Care for Post-Concussion Syndrome

A blow to the head often causes a misalignment to occur in the upper bones of the neck. These bones are susceptible to injury due to their range of motion. The area of the neck affected is near where the brainstem lies. This a neurologically rich area of the body. Improper pressure in this area on the spinal cord and on the nerves located there can cause PCS symptoms as listed above.

We have found that realigning these bones of the upper neck of post-concussion syndrome patients may provide some relief. We use a gentle procedure called Atlas Orthogonal that works along with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This is often all that is needed to correct the misalignments of the neck and get a person back to feeling happier and healthier.


Ferri, Fred MD. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2012 ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2012. 815

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.