Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Concussions

Concussion, CTE, Post ConcussionUnderstanding CTE

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a degenerative global brain dysfunction syndrome, but the unfortunate part is it can only be diagnosed after a person has died. The slightly good news is that only those people who have suffered from multiple concussions or other types of head injuries suffer from CTE.

Of course, that means professional athletes are the most likely to suffer from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Those athletes who are most likely to suffer from this condition include those people who spent a significant portion of their lives playing the following sports:

  • American Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Professional Wrestling
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts
  • Boxing

Of course, the list goes on and includes any type of contact sport.

Symptoms of CTE

Along with people who have suffered from multiple concussions within those sports, soldiers who have been exposed to a blast or have suffered from concussions are also susceptible to suffering from CTE. Signs of this condition generally do not manifest themselves for years or even decades after the concussion or head or neck trauma. Though, people who do suffer from CTE will likely manifest one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dementia
  • Memory loss
  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Depression

Beware of Sub-Concussions

Along with concussions, sub-concussions, which are less serious, can also result in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. These types of injuries, which may occur because of blasts of the firing of military artillery and the violent movement of the head in the blast wind can also cause CTE.

The good news is that whether a person suffers from one of the following symptoms of CTE due to years of playing contact sports, blasts from cannons, or other reasons, they don’t need to continue to suffer. That head or neck trauma is not always permanent and can frequently be reversed.

Whenever concussion takes place the individual does not just suffer a head injury but also a neck injury. As the weight of the head is shifted and twisted around the upper neck is frequently the area that is most damaged. A misalignment of those two vertebrae of only ΒΌ of a millimeter can place enough pressure on the brainstem to hinder the brain’s ability to communicate with the body. This change in communication between the brain and the body can lead to a variety of symptoms that frequently are traced back to post concussion syndrome. Restoring proper alignment to the upper neck may be the key in bringing proper blood, cerebral spinal fluid and nerve flow to, from and through the brain.

Alleviating symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory problems, sleep problems, lack of concentration and other symptoms of post concussion syndrome frequently happen when the upper neck is properly aligned.

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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are 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 our website at

2017-09-19T00:18:13+00:00August 10th, 2015|Concussion, Post concussion syndrome, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Concussions