Concussion: The Sprained Ankle of Brain Injury

Concussion, Head Pain, Headache, MigraineThe common belief around Concussions is that they are a temporary event that will heal quickly. Concussions are a common occurrence in many sports and recreational activities that affect 1.6-3.8 million people in the United States.1 Concussions can happen quickly and often go undetected with little or no symptoms, until they manifest as larger problems years later.

Concussions pose a major challenge to health care providers due their intricate nature. Concussions are also known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which happens when the brain moves inside the skull typically caused by some sort of trauma. Symptoms may be obvious such as nausea, fatigue, and headaches; however some signs are very small and go unnoticed. Treatment for concussions vary and are typically very intensive, most options typically only treat the symptoms and do not correct cause.

A recent article related a concussion to the likeness of a sprained ankle of the brain, meaning that it is a seemingly mundane injury causing significant swelling, once an ankle is injured it is more likely to be reinjured.2 It is much harder to apply the principles of healing to the brain as it is swelling in the confined space of the skull. When the brain swells it doesn’t cause just a minor limp it forces the brain to start shutting down. This can affect every area of the body due to the importance of the brain controlling every function through the nervous system.

There is new research that is showing a more natural way to improve healing after the brain has been injured. The founder of MRI looked at fluid in the brain functions in patients with injuries to the head or neck. It was discovered that fluid flow was distorted and could eventually manifest as degenerative neurological diseases as a result of lack of oxygen.3

Johnson Spinal Care is helping patients get natural relief from concussions in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Dr Johnson and his associates are a specially trained Upper Cervical Chiropractors that deal with the Atlas Bone (C1 vertebra) as it relates to the brain and nervous system function. Clinical studies have shown that when the Atlas bone under the skull is misaligned that it affects the fluid that delivers oxygen and also provides protection to the brain. When the Atlas is addressed by an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustment that fluid flow is restored and brain function can return quicker.4


  1. Langlois JA, Rutland-Brown W, Wald MM. The epidemiology and impact of traumatic brain injury: a brief overview. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2006;21:375-78.
  1. Cunningham B. HealthWatch: Concussion: the sprained ankle of the brain. (accessed 16 June 2015).
  1. Damadian RV, Chu D. The possible role of cranio-cervical trauma and abnormal CSF hydrodynamics in the genesis of multiple Sclerosis. Physiol Chem Phys. 2011;41:1-17
  1. Mandolesi S, Marceca G, Conicello S, Harris E. Upper cervical vertebral subluxation in multiple sclerosis with chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency: a pilot study. J Upper Cervical Chiropr Res. 2013;(3):65-70

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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

2017-09-19T00:18:11+00:00 September 28th, 2015|Chronic pain, Concussion, Headaches, Migraine headaches, Migraine Headaches, Vertigo|Comments Off on Concussion: The Sprained Ankle of Brain Injury