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Concussions - A Real Pain in the Neck

Are concussions happening more often or are we just paying more attention? As sports are ramping back up and the icy winter season is bearing in on us we often see an increase in concussion and whiplash injuries. So, what should you do if you think you may have had one of these injuries?

A concussion, also described as a mild traumatic brain injury, was commonly thought of as a brain bruise that could be fixed with a little R&R. Now, as more research emerges in this field, we are quickly realizing that these injuries can be quite a bit more complex and may require more of an integrative treatment approach to optimize recovery.

The first step is early recognition. Know the signs to watch out for:

· Dizziness

· Headache

· Nausea

· Fatigue

· Light and/or sound sensitivity

· Balance and coordination trouble

It is important to note that you do not need to lose consciousness in order to sustain a concussion. Even slight blows or jarring forces to the body or head can cause injury, and with a concussion, this injury often occurs both in the brain and neck. In fact, it has been found that it takes 70 – 120 g-force to cause a concussion/head injury, while a neck injury only requires 4 g-force! Therefore, without addressing the underlying neck injury, recovery can be delayed and a person may experience recurring symptoms months to years down the road.

Seeking treatment as soon as possible following an injury will help to expedite your recovery. The first 7-14 days are a critical time period to reduce intense physical activity and mental stimulation (harsh lights, loud sounds) to allow your brain to recharge. Most people will often experience substantial improvement within in the first month. However, if your injury occurred some time ago and you are still struggling with symptoms it is never too late to have a re-evaluation.

As part of your recovery plan, proper assessment and treatment of the underlying neck injury is critical. NUCCA is a type of upper cervical chiropractic treatment designed specifically for this. It employs an image-guided approach to evaluate injuries to the upper neck, and, using a gentle, specific adjustment, corrects these imbalances that can be contributing to your concussion symptoms.

By knowing what actually happens in the event of a concussion you can optimize your recovery and get back on your feet faster!

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