If your child loves sports, there are some facts you should be aware of. Some of the most common sports for children to get injuries in are lacrosse, hockey, football, soccer, rugby, basketball, or any other contact sport. It does not take a huge blow or injury for a child to get post-concussive syndrome. What is this and how serious is it?
The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) that occurs from a blow to the head. It can be caused by a fall, physical abuse or fighting, a car accident, or a sports injury. You do not have to lose consciousness to be diagnosed with a concussion. Post-concussive syndrome comes on after the injury. It will usually occur within the first 7-10 days. Generally, symptoms will not last past three months, although some cases have gone on for a year or more.
If your child has suffered an injury from playing sports, you must keep in mind that a blow to the head is related to injury to the neck. Injury to the neck can cause problems related to the brainstem and spinal cord. Communication between the brain and the body is diminished, and it can cause lingering problems that go on after the injury. This is post-concussive syndrome. It shows up as headaches, problems concentrating, behavioral problems, and more. If you are noticing these things suddenly coming on in your child and they play sports, it is possible they have suffered an injury.
It is important that you get your child evaluated by an upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Redwood City, California. Dr. Tsiglieris is specially trained to detect these misalignments in the neck. He will use 3-dimensional x-rays to see what is going on in the upper neck area. Once he determines there has been a misalignment, he can go about correcting this and getting your child back to feeling like himself. It is a gentle adjustment and will cause your child no pain what-so-ever, but rather will help him perform better in sports and life in general. Call Dr. Tsiglieris today to set up an appointment.
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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/