Link Between Contact Sports and Parkinson’s Pt1

Parkinson's, Tremors, Balance Issues, Fatigue, SluggishWhat do former boxing champ Muhammad Ali, the NBA’s Brian Grant, and Hall of Fame NFL star Forrest Gregg all have in common? There are actually two things:

  1. They play(ed) contact sports.
  2. They received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s is a neurological condition that is both chronic and degenerative. Symptoms manifest differently from patient to patient, and progression of the disease happens more quickly for some than others. Symptoms may include:

  • Tremors
  • Sluggish movement
  • Balance issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive impairment

If you are a boxing fan for a number of years, you probably can recall the Holmes/Ali fight in 1980. What you may not know is that Ali had already been diagnosed with Parkinson’s before getting into the ring for a 10 round beating. Rather than being the cause of his condition, the loss may have been a result of it.

Brian Grant played basketball for the Portland Trailblazers and was known for his physical play. Throughout his career, he suffered a number of injuries to his head and neck. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s more recently.

Forrest Gregg played ball for the Green Bay Packers. His neurologist agrees that Gregg’s Parkinson’s is likely the result of numerous concussions. However, Gregg has no intention of hold the NFL accountable for his condition.


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To get answers, research are using a device called a FONAR UPRIGHT® Multi-Position™ MRI. This device focuses on the upper cervical spine to see if the cause of Parkinson’s is related to past injuries. Such injuries to the C1 and C2 vertebrae can limit the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This, in turn, has been linked to conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic and degenerative diseases.

An upper cervical chiropractor is in the best position to examine a patient to determine if such a misalignment or injury exists. Dr. Kerry Johnson of Apple Valley, Minnesota specializes in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or any of the other conditions mentioned in the article, why not consult with Dr. Johnson. Even if you don’t remember a recent injury to your head or neck, diagnostic imaging can show if your cervical spine 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

2017-09-19T00:17:17+00:00December 28th, 2015|Depression, Disequilibrium, Dizziness, Parkinson's disease|Comments Off on Link Between Contact Sports and Parkinson’s Pt1