Post-Concussion Syndrome

man holding his head in painA concussion is a form of brain injury that usually occurs after a blow to the head. This may sometimes then trigger the loss of consciousness. post-concussion syndrome is a syndrome that causes various symptoms including headaches and dizziness. These symptoms will then last for weeks or even months after the injury that caused a concussion. The symptoms of become visible after seven to ten days of the accident in most  people. Moreover, the symptoms may then vanish after three months or they can persist for a whole year. The goal of post-concussion syndrome treatment is to reduce the effects and symptoms of the syndrome.

Causes of Post-Concussion Syndrome:

As explained by some experts, the main cause of post-concussion syndrome is any structural damage to the brain. This condition will occur as an impact of a brain damage or blow to the brain. However, another school of thought is that the syndrome is related to other factors including dizziness, sleep problems, and headache. It is also linked to the people who experience depression or any post-traumatic stress disorder. In some cases, both the physical impact and the emotional impacts combine to form the syndrome.

Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome:

Although there can be several symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, the major ones are explained below:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Loss of memory
  • Inability to concentrate

However, these symptoms may vary in every individual. There are several other factors that contribute to the occurrence of these symptoms. The extent to which a person can feel one symptom may also differ. Especially the headaches can also vary in terms of causes and intensity. Most of the headaches are tension-types that can be associated with the injury of the neck. The neck injury can happen at the same time of the head injury. People may also experience emotional changes or the changes in behaviors after even a mild traumatic brain injury. The family members can also notice the signs of irritation, suspicion, and stubbornness.

The effects of concussions can be explained by the upper cervical subluxation. At the time of the impact, the upper portion of the cervical spine misaligns that will then put pressure on the brainstem. The pressure will then affect the nervous system and the abilities of a person.

Risk factors of Post-Concussion Syndrome:

There are several risk factors that are associated with the Post-Concussion Syndrome. These risk factors include the following:

  • Sex: The gender of a person may affect the symptoms of this syndrome. Women are more likely to be affected by the syndrome. The studies have shown that women are prone to develop Post-Concussion Syndrome. However, this can be possible due to the high percentage of women consulting medical experts for their issues.
  • Age: Age can be another risk factor in the development of Post-Concussion Syndrome. People of older age may suffer from the syndrome more than the ones with less age. The risk increases with the age of an individual.
  • Trauma: The type of trauma a person has gone through will have a great impact on the intensity and the symptoms of the syndrome. The concussions that result from falls, assaults, sports injuries and car collisions are more associated with this type of syndrome.

Symptom reporting:

If you are experiencing any kind of symptoms explained above, it is best to get medical advice without wasting much time. There are chances that the issue will get worse. However, there are some important points you need to list before you consult a specialist in this regard. Following are the points you need to work on:

  • It is best to write down all the symptoms you are experiencing. This may also include the ones that you are experiencing without any particular reason.
  • Note down all the major points related to your personal information. This will include recent changes in life and major stresses.
  • Make a list of all the medications you are taking for treating your issues.
  • Write down all your confusions or queries you want to ask your doctor.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic:

The recognition of the role that neck injuries play in concussion is essential as it will highlight the underlying problems with the neck alignments. The misalignment in the upper cervical may have serious implications. It can also trigger various issues like increased pressure in the brainstem, reduced blood flow in the brain and pooling cerebrospinal fluid.

Upper cervical chiropractic that can be used for treating the syndrome. It is a specified system of analyzing and then adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. Whenever these vertebrae are misaligned, they hinder in the proper working of the brain stem and the spinal cord. The reason behind their hindrance is the placement on the floor of the skull. The first two cervical vertebrae i.e. the axis and the atlas needs special attention due to their free movement in the spinal column. These are the ones that can get misaligned easily.

After several years of study and research, it is being concluded that there is only one point at which the interference to the nervous system may occur. This point is the base of the skull i.e. the location of the atlas and axis vertebrae. The movements of neck and head occur at this point. Moreover, the area is not supplied with much of the supporting ligaments which is why it are the weakest part that is exposed to traumas. The upper cervical chiropractic is developed to treat this issue and the same technique can be applied for the treatment of post-concussion syndrome. A gentle adjustment of the misalignment can treat all the underlying issues. For many, the technique has led to complete resolution of the issues.