There Are No “Mild“ Brain Injuries

Further evidence of brain changes after concussion and that the term “mild” should never be used in connection with brain injury were found in a study published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal Radiology.

In the study, NYU medical school researchers measured changes in global and regional brain volume over a one year period in 30 patients with “mild” traumatic brain injuries and typical post-injury symptoms including anxiety, depression and fatigue, and other symptoms such as headache, dizziness and perceived cognitive problems.

The study demonstrated that after a single concussive episode there was measurable atrophy, or decrease in mass of the brain, one year after injury. It is well known that progressive atrophy of the brain occurs after “moderate” and “severe” TBIs. This study documents that the same thing can occur after a single concussion.

The study further found that the changes in brain volume correlated with performance on neurocognitive tests involving memory, anxiety and other post-concussive symptoms.

When a person suffers a concussion, they have also suffered a head and neck trauma.

Brain Changes after Concussion or other Head or Neck Traumas

In the past few years, using upright MRI technology and specialized software the medical community is beginning to understand how a misalignment in the upper neck can lead to changes in the brain and change the way the brain and the body are communicating.  Medical doctors are referring to this condition as the Cranio-Cervical Syndrome.  The cranio-cervical syndrome is the same condition that upper cervical chiropractors have been addressing for nearly 90 years. Upper cervical doctors refer to this problem as the Atlas subluxation complex syndrome, the same problem just described by different groups of people.

This new technology is showing damage associated with past traumas to the cervical spine (neck) and misalignments in the upper neck that are leading to a total or partial cerebral spinal fluid flow obstruction.  These obstructions of cerebrospinal fluid flow are leading to changes in the brain, including CSF leaks and increased brain pressure.

This misalignment can be corrected using a specialized procedure known as NUCCA.  Once the misalignment is corrected, the brain can begin to heal and recover from the past trauma.

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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