There is a lot of talk lately about Post Concussion syndrome. After the NFL lawsuit and Jim McMahon’s recovery, Post concussion syndrome has made national headlines. Post concussion has always been prevalent. However the rise in extreme sports and fallout from those that suffer, has brought the issue front and center. Like many syndromes, Post-Concussion was little understood and much to the chagrin of its sufferers, many are told its symptoms are psychosomatic in origin! Many who suffer with Post Concussion syndrome have long-lasting health problems. They are passed around the health system, many are told they are psychosomatic, and sadly a majority suffer in silence.
In this article we would like to discuss some of the common presentations of post-Concussion syndrome. We will also illustrate the latest science surrounding post concussion and then offer a natural solution that is helping many recover their health.
Post Concussion Syndrome Presentation
- cognitive deficits
If the symptoms from a concussion persist for more than a month it is termed Post Concussion Syndrome.
When someone sustains a blow to the head there is a shearing injury that occurs to the brain tissue as it “slams” into the skull. What is not currently well-known by the public is these types of injuries damage the upper neck. Because the head weighs 10-12 pounds, a rapid deceleration of the head can damage the soft tissue that connects the head to the neck. The neck connects to the skull with many ligaments, muscles and tendons. An injury that is strong enough to cause a concussion also simultaneously may cause damage to the upper cervical spine. This injury to the neck is the MISSING link that explains Post Concussion symptoms.
Upper Cervical Doctors around the country have been helping patients recover from Post-Concussion syndrome for decades. Dr. Scot Rosa’s recent notoriety in Post-Concussion circles has resulted from the recovery of high-profile NFL star Jim McMahon. His phenomenal recovery is helping to bring knowledge of Upper Cervical Care to the forefront, and rightly so. On July 2014 , Marshall CM1, Vernon H, Leddy JJ, Baldwin BA1, uncovered the hidden whiplash-upper cervical instability connection to the Post-Concussion syndrome puzzle. It appears that Post Concussion syndromes long-term health consequences are more often do to neck injury rather than brain injury.
Cervical Spine Instability Due to Concussion Injury
On October of 2014, Steilen D1, Hauser R1, Woldin B1, Sawyer S 2, a connection between neck pain, vertigo, migraine headaches, and other symptoms associated with cervical spine instability. When the upper cervical spine has damage from trauma, as is the case in trauma from Post-Concussion syndrome, neck joint instability can lead to an array of symptoms that exist with PCS. The scientific literature shows that when there is instability in the joints of the upper cervical spine a host of neurological complications can result that are global in their effect on the human body. Next we will discuss how Upper Cervical Care can change the life of someone who has injury to the upper cervical spine and offer a solution to those who suffer.
Post-Concussion Syndrome- Upper Cervical Spinal Correction
Upper Cervical Care is a discipline in health care whose goal is to locate areas of joint misalignment and subsequent neurological insult. Once found the Upper Cervical Doctor takes x-rays along the joint plane to determine the exact direction and angle of bone misalignment. Since each person’s anatomy is different custom tailored x-rays are necessary that take into account each person individual anatomy. Once the location and direction of misalignment is found the patient receives a precise, gentle correction. The correction is given precisely along joint angulation and misalignment direction. Over a period of months, the patient is monitored on each visit with objective scientific tests. The tests determine whether the misalignment is present or not.
The Goal Of Upper Cervical Care
The goal of Upper Cervical Care is for the spinal correction to “hold” or stay in alignment for as long as possible. In a system of health care, that is better termed disease management and symptom treatment, it is often difficult to get patients to understand the OBJECTIVE of Upper Cervical Care. While our current health care system is focused on treatment of symptoms(effects) Upper Cervical Care is focused on restoration of FUNCTION. Restoration of function results after correction of the Upper Cervical Spine biomechanics which influence function in the nervous system and body.. When proper neurological function returns through precise spinal correction, health can result. That is the OBJECTIVE