Post-concussion syndrome is a condition that persists after a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury has occurred, commonly due to a blow to the head. Some of its symptoms last for weeks or months after the damage that caused the concussion, including headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. It can also appear with violent shaking and movement of the body or head.
Younger age and prior history of headaches are some of the risk factors of post-concussion syndrome. Women and older patients are also more vulnerable to have post-concussion symptoms.
Symptoms of Post-concussion Syndrome
Concussion-related symptoms are categorized into four areas – physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep. Some of them are:
- Headaches or migraines
- Neck and back pain
- Speech problems
- Sleep disorders
- Cognitive problems (such as memory loss, confusion, and inattention)
The symptoms can begin instantly after the head injury or can occur months later. This is vital information to consider as many times people notice a sudden change in personality or lack of energy in sufferers after much time has passed.
There are various balance and neurocognitive tests to catch the problem early on, but currently, there are no objective markers to diagnose post-concussion syndrome. The illness is detected through the symptoms reported by patients. Treatment recommendations given to patients are also very few like resting, discontinuing activities, and waiting until the symptoms go away.
Effective Care for Post-concussion Syndrome
Medical researcher and physician Dr. Justin Schallmann has met many sports players suffering from post-concussion syndrome, and he expressed dismay over the lack of a definite cure in our current healthcare system. As an upper cervical chiropractic specialist, Dr. Schallmann is dedicated to evaluating patients who are suffering from symptoms resulting from head trauma, and he passionately advocates for upper cervical specific chiropractic care. By adjusting the misalignment in the upper neck, it reduces the inflammation in the nerves which triggers the pain and neurological symptoms of post-concussion syndrome listed above. Through upper cervical chiropractic care, Dr. Schallmann has been able to help young athletes get their life back!
Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we aim for the same for our patients, particularly athletes and people who have been in accidents. Call us and let us help you recover from the effects of post-concussion syndrome.
- Riara FP, Ford MA. Sports-related concussions in youth: improving the science, changing the culture. National Academics Press. 4 Feb 2014. Web. Accessed on 26 August 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK185340/>.
- Elster E. Head Injury / Post Concussion syndrome. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. Web. Accessed on 26 August 2015. <http://erinelster.com/ConditionsDetail.aspx?ConditionID=12>.
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