What Is a Concussion?
The term mild traumatic brain injury, or MBTI, refers to a concussion. Trauma that causes this to happen can vary. Injury to the brain will be dependent on a number of factors, such as how hard and where the hit happened. After an incident occurs, there are a host of symptoms that may be experienced. Each individual experience varies. For example, some may lose consciousness while others may experience periods of being dazed or disoriented.
While these are some common effects noted among those with head trauma, there is quite an extensive list of other symptoms. Here are some of those:
- Nausea/ Vomiting
- Ear ringing (Tinnitus)
- Blurred vision
- Light or sound sensitivities
- Mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Depression/ Anxiety
- Trouble concentrating and memory loss
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Changes in sleep patterns
Sometimes manifestation of the effects of a concussion occur later after the incident. This could be days, weeks, months, or even years after. This fact underscores the importance of taking care of the injury immediately to ward off unwanted effects that could present themselves later on.
The reasons for these types of symptoms and why they manifest later on has to do with the brain and the injury. For instance, if the blow resulted in the misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae in the neck, a number of things could take place. Misalignment of the upper vertebrae, even by a fraction of a millimeter, can hinder blood and oxygen flow, impede nerve communication between the brain and the body, and cause other interruptions to normal and vital processes. If you have experienced a concussion, having the neck analyzed for proper alignment could result in quick relief from current symptoms and prevent future ones from popping up.
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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/