A concussion is said to be a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), that occurs due to a hit or blow to the head, neck or body, that results in a whiplash type injury where the head and brain move quickly back and forth. There is a high probability that a concussion type injury will not only damage the soft tissues of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord but also very commonly over looked is damage to the spinal structures where the head and neck meet. In many cases damage further down the spine will also occur.
How to Spot A Possible Concussion
When someone has suffered a concussion it is wise to monitor them carefully and take appropriate action as needed. Listed below are the most common signs and symptoms seen with concussion injuries.
Common Signs of A Concussion:
1. Appears dazed or stunned to others
2. Forgets instructions, seems confused
3. May seem unaware of what is going on around them
4. Movement is clumsy
5. Is slow to answer questions
6. If lost consciousness (even briefly)
7. Changes in mood, behavior, or personality
Common Symptoms of A Concussion:
1. Headache or a feeling of "pressure" in the head (suspect neck injury as well)
2. Nausea or vomiting
3. Balance problems or dizziness, double vision, or blurry vision
4. Sensitivity to light or sound
5. Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
6. Confusion, memory, and concentration problems
7. Just not feeling right or feeling down (depressed)
Concussion Treatment In Boise Idaho
We find it fascinating on how the symptoms of a concussion seem eerily similar to the symptoms of a migraine headache. Is this a coincidence or something more? We have found over the years that many migraine headache sufferers have had a previous concussion type injury to their head and neck that went untreated. Injuries that commonly result in concussion are car accidents, sports injuries, slips and falls etc.
In many instances these concussion cases will not show up in our office for another 10-15 years, never realizing until it is pointed out that they had a spinal injury along with their concussion whiplash type injury that was left uncorrected. This is in our opinion one of the most common causes of headaches, neck, shoulder, and back pain that slowly develops over time.
Wouldn't it be great if we could have addressed the spinal injury shortly after it happened and corrected it then, instead of 10-15 years later when it is now a chronic condition?
Where to Go For Help
An evaluation by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is a good idea if you have suffered a concussion, as they have the training necessary to detect spinal injury and misalignment which is the underlying cause of many common health problems that develop slowly over time following a concussion injury. Dr. Grayson Blom of Boise Idaho is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor that specializes in the detection and treatment of head and neck misalignment and other spinal related disorders.
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Natural Relief of Post Concussion Syndrome in Boise
For years Upper Cervical doctors have been asking patients if they have a history of head and neck injuries including, car accidents, falls, times where they have been knocked unconscious, had a concussion or stitches to their head. Why?
When accidents and injuries tear loose the connective tissue that holds the spine in place it creates a weakness, which allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position.
The area of the body that is the most vulnerable to injury and has the most far reaching effects is the upper neck. The top bone in the spine, the atlas sits right underneath the skull and when the tissues around it become stretched and damaged the weight of the head will be shifted from center.
Once the position of the head is altered the position of the eyes and ears is altered as well. The brain will initiate a reflex called the righting reflex in order to balance the eyes and the semicircular canals in the ears with the horizon.
The problem is now the head is slightly off center and the spine must adapt to that position by twisting and turning the remaining structure of the spine. This will lead to tilting of the shoulders, the hips and imbalance all the way down to the legs leading to an unequal distribution of weight.
Body imbalance can lead to a variety of different health problems, but frequently has the same root cause...
The original head or neck injury created a misalignment of the Atlas bone at the base of the skull which led to the subsequent problems with the structure of the body, nerve and blood flow from the brain to the body.
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Here is a great example from a research article published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ January 6, 2011
A 23-year-old female patient presented for upper cervical chiropractic care five months after a slip and fall that resulted in a concussion. The patient presented with symptoms of vertigo and headaches consistent with post-concussion syndrome. The patient had a longstanding history of headaches that were exacerbated by the concussion and a new complaint of positional vertigo that occurred immediately following the trauma. Significant body imbalances were noted including a leg length difference. Specific Upper Cervical X-rays demonstrated an upper cervical misalignment.
She began to receive Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care and the headache and vertigo was gone immediately following the first adjustment. Post X-Ray evaluation showed a significant improvement in the alignment of the head and neck. The follow up examination the following day revealed a significant decrease in muscles spasm in the neck and the legs were balanced.
The patient’s care was continued on a frequency of twice per month for evaluations and progress monitoring. She was evaluated with Atlas Orthogonal protocol for necessity of adjustment and her symptoms were monitored at every evaluation. She continued to report a complete resolution of vertigo and intermittent headaches rated as 2/10 that occurred at an average of two hours/day.
Who do you know that has had a concussion? Do they have a chronic health problem? Is there a connection to the upper neck?
Only an upper cervical specialist could tell you for sure.
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