Post-traumatic Headaches (PTH) occur in 90% of patients following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), also known as a concussion. Over time the percentage of patients who suffer with these types of headaches decreases, however almost 25% have persistent headaches four years later.
Many patients with mild TBI appear to be fine but suffer from ongoing PTH and other post-concussion syndrome symptoms, which may be misunderstood and minimalized by medical doctors, physical therapists, employers, and family.
Post-traumatic headaches can be an extremely debilitating condition and will regularly lead to missed work days, prolonged disability, and decreased community involvement.
The medical approach to posttraumatic headaches includes anti-inflammatories, Botox injections and antidepressants. These symptomatic approaches do not address the underlying cause and due to the side effects frequently do more harm than good.
Frequently concussions and the resulting Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) occur as a result of head or neck trauma. This type of trauma can result in brain injury, such as concussions, but it also leads to structural misalignments between the head and the neck.
These upper neck misalignments are frequently underappreciated in the medical community and as a result a person can be on medications for months, years or even decades before they find help.
Misalignments in the upper neck lead to changes in blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. This type of dysfunction can lead to a variety of lingering symptoms following a concussion, including headaches, dizziness, concentration problems and more.
The best way to thoroughly examine the upper neck for injuries that may be leading to the chronic effects of concussion related symptoms is by using the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association's protocol. The NUCCA has developed a unique and thorough physical examination and x-ray protocol in order to determine if the upper neck has been injured and how best to correct it.
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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 https://bayareanuccacare.com/