Many people equate a concussion with being knocked unconscious and hitting one’s head, but this is actually a common misconception.
In fact, a person doesn’t have to have hit their head at all to sustained a concussion – it can be caused by other actions such as being violently shaken. As such, patients can be unaware that they have suffered a concussion, as they have not hit their head or been unconscious, and, therefore, do not equate any subsequent symptoms with the original injury.
This is all the more worrying because some symptoms may continue for more than a year after the incident, and if a patient is experiencing vertigo or migraines a week to 10 days after the accident, they are usually thought to be suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS).
People who experience PCS often suffer from migraines or tension headaches. Tension headaches cause widespread mild to moderate pain and are more common. Migraines tend to be located in a single area of the head and cause intense, throbbing pain.
PCS is frequently caused by an upper neck injury that irritates the nerves in the brain and spinal cord,triggering neurological pain. As well as causing tension and migraine headaches, this pain also manifests
itself in a variety of other lingering symptoms that can adversely affect
a patient’s quality of life such as irritability and anxiety, insomnia and fatigue, sensitivity to light and noise, dizziness, and poor
concentration and memory.
However, when someone suffers a head injury, they also inevitably injure their neck, as the head is connected to the neck. When a patient suffers from misalignments in the upper neck, symptoms can linger on, as these misalignments can cause nerve dysfunction and problems with blood vessels and cerebrospinal fluid.
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