Many people think that only pro boxers or football players end up with traumatic brain injuries. This is not the case. Falling down a few stairs, slipping on wet pavement, or tripping over something can also give you a head injury. Automobile accidents are another cause, especially if you hit your head. Physical altercations or abuse can be another reason one may have suffered a head injury resulting in post-concussive syndrome. What is this condition?
Symptoms of Post-Concussive Syndrome
- Feeling easily irritated
- Difficulty remembering things
- Feeling under stress
- Being overly emotional
- Having pain in the neck area
- Feeling extremely tired
- Feeling dizziness or having vertigo
- Having a hard time concentrating
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Sensitivity to noise
- Migraines or tension headaches
These symptoms usually start within a few days of the injury and can last for many months or even a year. If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, what can you do?
Treatment for Serious Head Injuries
Your medical doctor will begin by giving you medication to treat the symptoms. This will include medicine to treat pain, headaches, and dizziness. Sometimes medication for depression or anxiety is given to treat the emotional symptoms. However, nothing is done to treat the structural damage that was caused to your neck during the injury. Many of the above-mentioned symptoms are due to neurological damage.
When you hit your head, many times a misalignment in your neck occurs. This is at the area of the upper neck where the skull and spine meet. IT is called the upper cervical area, and this is the part of the body that protects the brainstem. When undue pressure is put on this area of the spinal cord, it results in symptoms of post-concussive syndrome.
Upper cervical chiropractors, such as Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Redwood City, California, are trained to detect misalignments in this area of the neck. They can then gently and effectively begin to correct the problems associated with the head injury, relieving you of your symptoms. When your head and neck are back into alignment, function of the brainstem is restored. This decreases pain and brings your entire body back into balance. Why not make an appointment with Dr. Tsiglieris, and let him help you regain control of your life?
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. 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, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at http://www.bayareanuccacare.com/