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The Negative Impact of Concussions and Where to Find Help

The Negative Impact of Concussions and Where to Find Help

Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Post Concussion Syndrome, Post - Concussion Syndrome, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, MTBJConcussions often occur in those who play contact sports. Something called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. Sadly, CTE is only able to be diagnosed during an autopsy. This means when one has a concussion, it is important to care for it properly and promptly so as not to lead to further complications when the next one occurs.

It makes sense that those who get CTE are usually those who have played contact sports for a major portion of their lives. Some sporting events that can cause one to endure CTE are:

  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Football

Another profession that sees victims of CTE is that of the military. Some soldiers have repeatedly been exposed to blasts or concussions.

Indications of CTE

Often CTE lies dormant for many years or even decades after the initial blow to the head. Most people will begin to manifest one or more of the following:

  • Depression
  • Aggressive tendencies
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Memory issues

Relief for Victims of Concussions

As mentioned earlier, it is vital to care for concussions as soon as they occur. A concussion generally causes the muscles of the neck to overextend or twist, damaging the upper cervical spine. If one of the top bones of the spine – the C1 or C2 vertebra – move out of position by just ¼ of a millimeter, the entire body can be negatively affected. This causes stress on the brainstem, hindering communication between the brain and body. The symptoms of improper signals can be seen in post-concussion syndrome.

By using a gentle method, here at Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California, we are able to help the bones of the neck to move back into their original position. This allows the brain and body to communicate properly and can relieve the symptoms of a concussion, leading to decreased risk of developing CTE in the future.  

 

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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

The Lasting Effects of Post-Concussion Syndrome

The Lasting Effects of Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome often follows a head injury, even one that is considered minor. Approximately 2 million people in America experience a head injury every year. Out of these, 85% are categorized as minor. Sometimes a doctor may diagnose one with post-concussion syndrome if the symptoms are severe enough. However, it is very important to rememberContinue Reading

A Positive Resolution of Post-Concussion Syndrome

A Positive Resolution of Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) can have a huge impact on a person if he or she does not seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor as soon as possible. Allowing this type of injury to go uncared for can lead to problems with the way one’s brain functions. This is often due to a misalignmentContinue Reading

Understanding Concussions in Glendale, California

Understanding Concussions in Glendale, California

Concussions can come about due to automobile accidents, sports injuries, or being shaken violently. Chances are whiplash has also occurred. Whiplash happens when the muscles of the neck are over-extended. A common misconception is that one must be knocked unconscious in order to have a concussion. This is not always the case. Concussions are traumatic head injuries that can change theContinue Reading

Childhood Concussions: Why The Right Approach Is Vital

Childhood Concussions: Why The Right Approach Is Vital

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 Fatigue Migraines or headaches Memory issues (short and long-term)Continue Reading

Coping with Post-Concussion Syndrome in Glendale California

Coping with Post-Concussion Syndrome in Glendale California

Post-concussion syndrome can include a great number of symptoms associated with an injury to the head. These symptoms, both cognitive and physical, can continue long after an injury occurs. Some symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include: Headaches Dizziness Sleep Problems Concentration Difficulties Poor Memory When a person suffers from post-concussive syndrome, these symptoms may grow worseContinue Reading

Caring for your Child after their Concussion

Caring for your Child after their Concussion

After the Concussion When your child experiences a concussion, and there is a chance they will experience one if they play sports, it will change the way their brain functions. The danger for the parent is that it is tempting for their child-athlete, and in many cases the coach if their properly educated, to thinkContinue Reading

The Importance of Neck Exams Following a Concussion

Post Concussion Syndrome, Much More Than Just a Lingering Headache   When most people think about a concussion they think of the damage that is done to the brain. MRIs, Cat Scans, x-rays and neurological exams are generally focused on the skull and brain. But persistent symptoms related to a concussion may have more toContinue Reading

New research shows that Concussions are leading to brain changes

New research shows that Concussions are leading to brain changes

Post-Concussion Syndrome On November 21, 2012, brain imaging shows changes in the brains of people with post-concussion syndrome (PCS), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. PCS affects approximately 20 percent to 30 percent of people who suffer mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) otherwise known as a concussion — defined byContinue Reading

Repetitive Soccer Ball Heading May Be Leading to Brain Changes

Repetitive Soccer Ball Heading May Be Leading to Brain Changes

Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Soccer Fox and CBS news are reporting that repetitive heading of a soccer ball may be leading to brain injury. In the past decade, concern has been raised surrounding concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries sustained by football players and military personnel, as more and more studies have indicated thatContinue Reading

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