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The topic of concussions and their debilitating effects on proper brain functioning continues to gain awareness with the public. The complications – and proper treatment – of head trauma experienced by children, athletes, weekend warriors and accident victims is increasingly better understood by health professionals and chiropractors.
Unfortunately, concussions and head injuries are often treated as mild brain trauma, but increasingly the evidence shows that any brain injury is cause for concern and requires proper medical treatment.
Most people recover from the effects of a concussion within 7 to 10 days. However, about 15% of patients experience severe concussion symptoms beyond 30 days. When symptoms persist, a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome – or PCS – is made.
The symptoms of PCS may include:
· Headache and migraine
· Vertigo or loss of balance
· Brain fog and difficulty with concentration
· Memory dysfunction
Research is showing that the brain is not the only part of the body injured during a concussion. Damage to the neck and spine also occurs during a head injury, this is a major factor causing ongoing PSC symptoms. While concussions occur after a 60g force to the head, it takes less that 10g of force to damage ligaments in the neck. Therefore, concussions will almost always have an associated injury to the neck.
When a head injury occurs, the joints, ligaments and muscles of the upper neck are damaged, leading to abnormal biomechanics of the upper cervical spine. PCS symptoms such as pain, headaches, balance problems and brain fog can stem directly from misalignments of the neck and spine and can have long lasting effects when not treated properly.
Atlas Orthogonal chiropractors provide gentle, precise adjustments that specifically aid in the reduction and elimination of PCS symptoms and restore alignment and balance, clearing stress from the nervous system. At Foresight Chiropractic, we utilize ClearEdge Testing that includes cognitive assessment, balance and symptom tracking. Ideally, testing prior to injury is recommended to have a baseline assessment before injury occurs.
To find out more and to schedule a free consultation, call 480-325-6977. The Doctors at Foresight Chiropractic, the Valley’s premier Wellness Center are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialists serving families in the Valley for 20 years. Bring your kids in now and talk to the coach about the whole team being checked out!