Concussion Symptoms Are Often Missed

NUCCA | Upper Cervical Care Helps Traumatic Brain Injuries

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury that can occur with or without losing consciousness due to a sudden blow to the head or body. Concussions need to be treated right away. The blow shakes the brain inside of the skull altering brain function. In the past it was believed that the symptoms were transient, but we now know that this is not always the case. Patients suffer from fatigue, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, brain fog, headaches, and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.

A Common Myth About Concussions

You may be thinking, “I don’t play sports. I don’t play football, soccer or hockey.” We commonly associate concussions to sports, but in reality any injury that shakes the brain can be detrimental. Bumping your head on a hard surface or even a car accident can be enough to cause damage to the brain. The first 7 days after the injury are critical, and some patients only show symptoms 48 hours after the injury. Get help as soon as possible.

A Concussion Always Involves a Neck Injury

You cannot have a concussion without also having a neck injury. The head and neck are intimately connected and it is critical that both injuries be managed right away. Our upper cervical care doctors, Dr. Devin Young and Dr. Jeanett Tapia have experience in stabilizing the neck and restoring proper brain-body communication.

Post-concussion syndrome affects 10-20% of concussion sufferers. There are several factors that cause post-concussion syndrome; one of them being an unresolved neck injury. These complex cases require a co-managed approach and require more time to resolve. Since this is an invisible injury, many times patients do not take the time to rest their brain to fully recover. In addition to stabilizing your spine, our doctors can provide information for you to heal faster. 

Don’t lose hope! We can help.

Call our office today at (619) 756-7510 for help with your concussion or post-concussion symptoms.

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