A concussion can occur when a person is struck on the head or the head is whipped back and forth fast enough to cause the brain to strike the inside of the skull. As a result, concussions are common after car accidents or sporting injuries. However, any head or neck injury should result in an assessment to determine if a concussion has occurred.
Firstly, is it possible to prevent concussions? Secondly, what are the symptoms of a concussion? Thirdly, how can you know if a person is suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS)? Lastly, is there a natural way to find relief from these symptoms and long-term effects? These are the questions we will address.
What Are the Symptoms of Concussions and PCS?
Immediate symptoms after a concussion occurs may include:
- A headache
- Delayed response
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- A dazed look
- Memory loss of the trauma that caused the concussion
Also, symptoms may develop later on if a person is suffering from post-concussion syndrome. These symptoms include many of those noted above but especially involve:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Personality changes
- Sensory problems (taste, smell, etc.)
- Depression and anxiety
- Cognitive problems (memory and concentration)
Concussion Care and Prevention on the Playing Field
Especially when it comes to sports, researchers are focused on the importance of concussion prevention techniques and making sure that a player does not return to the field after such an injury. Recommendations to prevent concussions involve matters such as wearing the proper protective gear, stipulating increased penalties for players who put other players at risk by breaking the rules and avoiding dangerous activities during team practices.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Recovery from Concussions
When a head injury occurs, a neck injury often accompanies it. A misalignment of the C1 and C2 can actually cause many symptoms of a concussion and also make healing difficult. As a result, post-concussive symptoms may occur.
An upper cervical chiropractor uses diagnostic imaging to locate and precisely measure an upper cervical misalignment. Then a gentle adjustment is used to correct the problem. This can give the body the opportunity it needs to heal, perhaps providing long-term relief from many of the symptoms noted above. If you have suffered a concussion, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you to schedule a consultation.