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 the way the brain functions. They are usually temporary. Symptoms can be subtle, not even showing up for days or weeks later. Some people do not even realize that they have sustained a concussion. What can a person look for to tell if he or she has suffered a concussion?
- Feeling as if in a fog, confusion
- Abnormal headaches or feeling of pressure in the head
- Loss of memory about the trauma
- Seeing stars or feeling dizzy
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Delayed answers to questions
- Slurred speech
- Looking dazed
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Bruising or broken blood vessels
- Personality changes
What to Do if Concussion Symptoms Persist
If a person feels he or she may have suffered a concussion, even if it was some time ago, and he is still having symptoms, it is vital to get treatment for it. The first p
lace to start is by seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. We will focus our attention on the top two bones of the neck. These vertebrae are susceptible to damage because of their position and flexibility. A misalignment of only ¼
of a millimeter can be the reason for lingering concussion symptoms.
Once we have determined that the patient actually does have a misalignment, we can begin by establishing a treatment plan. We use gentle, effective techniques to realign the spine that do not require popping or twisting. Patients who are suffering from concussions or post-concussion syndrome have reported seeing improvement in their symptoms, some in only a couple of visits.
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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