ADHD Ups Disability Risk from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

HealthDay News reports Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who experience a concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to be moderately disabled from the injury, compared to similar patients without ADHD, according to a study published online June 25 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.

Christopher M. Bonfield, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues retrospectively reviewed the charts of patients with a diagnosis of mild closed head injury and ADHD admitted to a children’s hospital (2003–2010) as well as the charts of age-matched controls admitted with a diagnosis of mild closed head injury without ADHD. At follow-up, 25% of patients with mild TBI who had ADHD were moderately disabled compared to 2% of the controls.

A Common Connection

Research has indicated children diagnosed with ADHD and post-concussion syndrome commonly have a history of head or neck trauma. Head and neck traumas can lead to upper neck misalignments and subsequent, brainstem dysfunction. If a child already has an upper neck misalignment a new head or neck trauma leading to concussion will further complicate the severity of the misalignment which can lead to a variety of mental, emotional and physical manifestations.

A gentle NUCCA correction of this upper neck misalignment has been shown to restore proper mental and physical function and symptoms frequently improve naturally.

Millions of children take medication for ADHD and the symptoms associated post-concussion syndrome that chemically alter the mind and body, in the hope that these drugs will help. But the evidence now reveals that these drugs are doing far more harm than good.

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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