Pro sports players are not the only ones who have to deal with the occasional concussion. Young athletes are very competitive, and many head or neck collisions result in a concussion. Sometimes a concussion can have lasting effects that may seem unrelated, such as:
- Sleep problems
- Migraines or headaches
- Memory issues (short and long-term)
- Pain in the back or neck
- Visual disturbances
- Speech issues
- Mood swings
- Balance problems
- Concentration issues
These are all symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. More than 100,000 ER visits annually are for the treatment of concussions. Unfortunately, many cases go untreated. Why? There is a great deal of pressure on “rising stars” to stay in the game or be ready for the next game. Players may ignore or downplay symptoms, so they don’t have to sit on the bench.
Any time a child suffers a concussion, the condition should be monitored over a period of months. Concussions can result in missed school days and in schoolwork piling up that can threaten both the student’s academic studies and his or her eligibility to play a sport in school.
Treating Concussions in Youths
At Health Edge Family Spinal Care, we take all concussions seriously, especially when they involve a young person. We find that many of the lingering symptoms of post-concussion syndrome often go back to a misalignment in the neck suffered at the time of the concussion. Correcting this misalignment using the NUCCA technique can often relieve symptoms quickly and help a child to get back to a good schedule of study and sports once again.
If your son or daughter has suffered a concussion playing sports (or in any other way for that matter), please schedule an examination to determine if a misalignment has occurred. If so, a customized treatment plan can be established, and healing can begin immediately.
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- Rose SC, Weber KD, Collen JB. 10 April 2015. The Diagnosis and Management of Concussion in Children and Adolescents. Pediatric Neurology. Retrieved from <http://www.pedneur.com/article/S0887-8994(15)00180-0/fulltext>
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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is 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. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com