A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, according to the Mayo Clinic. This generally occurs because of a blow to the head during a sporting event, a car accident, physical abuse or altercation, or a simple trip and fall. It is important to understand that a person does not have to become unconscious in order to have a concussion or later suffer from post-concussion syndrome. The impact of the injury to the head does not determine whether or not a person will suffer from post-concussion syndrome. It can occur within the first 7-10 days and will likely go away within 3 months’ time. In some cases, it can last up to and beyond a year after the injury unless treated by a professional.

CHILDREN AND CONCUSSIONS

There is some risk involved with allowing children to partake in sports. Most parents are aware of this and feel that it is more important to have the sporting experience rather than worry about whether or not an injury may occur. However, it is important to know that it does not take a major incident in order for a child to get a concussion. Also, be aware of the fact that a blow to the head and a neck injury go hand-in-hand. Rarely will one happen without the other. The neck injury will usually affect the spinal cord and brainstem. This can lead to post-concussion syndrome. Symptoms to look for if a person suspects their child has this are:

  • Abnormal headaches
  • Moodiness and anxiety
  • Behavioral problems
  • Problems concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

An upper cervical chiropractor is the professional that is best qualified to help out with post-concussion syndrome. We have been specially trained to find misalignments of the upper neck brought on by trauma to the head. We work with patients of all ages. There is no popping or twisting of the spine, but rather we use a gentle procedure that does not cause any further pain.