Concussions are a very common occurrence, especially in young athletes.
The first thing to do is the have the proper testing done to examine the cranium, neck, and brain.
We are learning a lot more about the impacts and diagnostic criteria for concussions, and I hope we continue to do so.
One thing that gets overlooked once a patient with a concussion is cleared for activity is the lingering headaches and neck pain that don’t seem to resolve.
A major reason for this is distortions in the cervical spine (neck). Trauma to the head is irrefutably tied to trauma in the neck.
What I’ve seen occur is imaging to rule out a brain bleed and the prolonged rest for patients with head trauma, but unfortunately this often overlooks the headaches and dizziness that continue to wreak havoc on the individual.
Outside of a patient that has a concussion, we know dizziness and headaches largely originate in the neck. This phenomenon unfortunately gets overlooked in concussion treatment protocols, when in essence it may be the very thing the patient is suffering from.
X-rays of the neck should be taken and evaluated by a chiropractor.
From there, treatment can begin in order to get the patient back to their normal daily routines.
When this does not occur, we’ve seen headaches, lack of focus, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and neck pain ensue; all symptoms of central nervous system dysfunction that can be greatly relieved by chiropractic care.
We’ve seen many kids miss school for weeks because they are deemed to still be concussed, while at the same time advanced imaging showing no pathology in the cranium.
Even as that is a relief to have ruled out, it should not be overlooked that the same forces that caused the head to endure the trauma of being quickly thrown about also had an effect on the neck.
People who are suffering long-term effects or post-concussion syndrome NEED to have their spines checked and realigned so the brain and spinal cord can resume normal function without interference.
I’ve seen it make immediate impacts on cognition and pain ultimately allowing individuals to get their lives back.