According to Wikipedia, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative global brain dysfunction syndrome, which can only be definitively diagnosed after death in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury.
CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American football, ice hockey, professional wrestling and other contact sports who have experienced repetitive brain trauma. It has also been found in soldiers exposed to a blast or a concussive injury. Individuals with CTE may show symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, which generally appear years or many decades after the trauma.
The Continuing Debate over Concussions
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that during a meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Robert Stern of Boston University insisted that the “thought leaders in the world” don’t question the existence of CTE. He cited a number of studies, including an analysis of the post-mortem brains of 85 people, including 64 athletes, with histories of repetitive mild traumatic brain injury. Sixty-eight showed the signs of degeneration associated with CTE.
But Christopher Randolph of the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine said such studies only show “something in the brain of uncertain clinical significance.” Before claiming the existence of CTE, he said, more research needs to be done.
Whether or not experts can agree on the presence of CTE is not as relevant to the athlete or the parent of the athlete when it comes to properly recovering from concussions as what you should do if you have lingering symptoms.
Lingering Concussion Symptoms and Subsequent Brain Damage
When most people think about a concussion they think of the damage that is done to the brain. MRIs, Cat Scans, x-rays and neurological exams are generally focused on the skull and brain. But persistent symptoms related to a concussion may have more to do with the neck, then the head.
Concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury, and there is no doubt of the damage to the brain, but many experts do not realize the damage that is also being done to the neck. Head trauma cannot take place without concurrent neck trauma. These types of traumas will lead to a tearing loose of the connective tissue that holds the spine in place and frequently a subsequent misalignment of the very vulnerable upper neck area.
When this upper neck misalignment has occurred and posture has changed, blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain begins to be altered as well.
This misalignment in the upper neck and subsequent brain stem dysfunction has been shown to be an underlying cause of post concussion syndrome. Once this upper neck misalignment is corrected, precisely, gently and specifically symptoms of post concussion syndrome have resolved almost miraculously at times.
These upper neck misalignments can only be corrected by someone trained in specialized upper cervical chiropractic procedures.
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