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Unraveling the Mystery of Post-Concussion Syndrome

concussion, neck injury, neck pain, neckacheYou might be suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) if you have recently suffered from an accident that caused a concussion. It’s important to note that it is not necessary to have lost consciousness in order for a head injury to be defined as a concussion.

Now, it’s important that you not allow those symptoms of PCS to linger or last, because they can last for weeks, months, or even years. They will usually begin within seven to 10 days after the concussion, They usually only last for up to three months, but they can last for more than a year or longer.

Though, the good news is there are signs you can watch for, to know if you suffer from post-concussion syndrome.

Signs of Post Concussion Syndrome

  • Headaches (migraines and tension type headaches)
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Aggression
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders
  • Loss of concentration
  • Loss of memory (especially short-term memory)
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Nausea
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Tinnitus
  • Moodiness


Your Brain on Post-Concussion Syndrome

It is not known why some people suffer from  post-concussion syndrome and others don’t, nor is it known what causes those people who do suffer from it to suffer from it. One theory is that there is structural damage in the brains of some people, similar to the reason some buildings experience more damage that others because of an earthquake.

Another theory is that there are physiological factors involved. Most experts agree some people experience PCS and others don’t because of a combination of factors. Though, there have been observations of changes in the flow of blood to, from, and within the brain, as well as a reduction of glucose used by the brain.

Healing from Post-Concussion Syndrome

Though, whatever the cause is, there is a way people who suffer from post-concussion syndrome can find relief. There is no need for them to continue to suffer. They can seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, who can examine their upper cervical vertebrae for any misalignments.

Now is important understand that you cannot suffer a head injury without also suffering a neck injury. Neck injuries may be the underlying reason why some people suffer lingering postconcussion syndrome symptoms and others do not.

When the top two bones in a person’s neck are out of alignment by only ¼ of a millimeter, this can place enough pressure on the brainstem to hinder the brain’s ability to communicate with the brain. That can lead to all sorts of health problems that can only be alleviated by realigning those top two bones in a person’s upper neck vertebrae.

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