Is a Concussion Behind Those Lingering Headaches?

Concussion, Head Pain, Headache, MigraineAnnually, millions of concussions from sports-related injury are reported in the US. Specifically, there are between 1.6 to close to 4 million of these concussions each year. While certain contact sports may be what comes to mind first, studies show that cheerleading is the number one sport with the most injuries for women’s sports, and it comes in second overall. The impact that such an injury can have has been shown to be greater than that of being tackled by a football player.

Due to these statistics, adjustments have been made to ensure a greater measure of safety. Such precautions include increased safety training, mandatory safety certifications, floor mats, and restrictions when circumstances are less than ideal. Even with these changes, injuries happen. Often a concussion can go unnoticed, but they can present with a host of symptoms. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Changes in Mood
  • Fatigue
  • Memory and concentration impedance
  • Light or Sound sensitivities

Taking time off to fully recover may mean missing out on sporting practice and events, but it should not be neglected. If your loved one has had an injury such as this, make sure they get proper care. Concussions can lead to future complications and increase the risk for things like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, bipolar disorder, memory loss, and other neurological dysfunctions.

Unfortunately, time alone does not heal this wound. Concussions need to be addressed as soon as possible when accompanied by the above symptoms. At Johnson Spinal Care, we are happy to help if you are looking for such treatment. Head injuries are among the leading cause of a misalignment in the upper cervical region of the spine. By carefully and accurately realigning these important structures using the NUCCA technique, the body is given the opportunity to heal. This has often resulted in complete reversal of the aforementioned symptoms, including chronic headaches.

If your child has suffered a head injury, they may not complain of symptoms, but keep on the lookout for changes in behavior, scholastic performance, changes in focus, or frequent falls. These signs indicate that medical attention may be necessary.

Research:

  1. Mueller, F. Twenty-ninth annual report.  Catastrophic sports injury research. 2011.Web. Accessed on 23 July 2015. <http://www.unc.edu/depts/nccsi/2011Allsport.pdf>.
  1. Cheerleading ranks first in catastrophic sports injuries. U.S. Sports Academy. 8 April, 2011. Web. Accessed on 22 July 2015. <http://ussa.edu/news/cheerleading-ranks-first-in-catastrophic-sport-injuries/>.
  1. Diagnosing and treating sports-related concussion. Mayo Clinic. Web. Accessed on 22 July 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/general-medical/diagnosing-treating-sports-related-concussion>.
  1. Elster, E. Head Injury/Post-concussion Syndrome. Upper cervical chiropractic care. Web. Accessed on 23 July 2015. <http://www.erinelster.com/ConditionsDetail.aspx?ConditionID=12>.

 

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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 http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com

2016-10-25T01:24:17+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Concussion, Dizziness, Headaches, Migraine headaches, Migraine Headaches, Mild traumatic brain injury, Vertigo, Whiplash|Comments Off on Is a Concussion Behind Those Lingering Headaches?