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    Concussion Recovery – You’ve Bruised Your Brain Now What?

Concussion Recovery – You’ve Bruised Your Brain Now What?

How to Recover from a Concussion

There are many myths and confusion about how to care for your brain after you experience a concussion.

Many people don’t realize the severity of even a mild concussion and that they can be caused by a direct or indirect hit to the head or body.

Not all concussions are suffered by athletes while playing sports. Falls and accidents can cause them, too. All concussions are serious injuries that can have severe repercussions if not managed properly. Proper care during the first 7 – 10 days is crucial to ensure optimal recovery.

Immediately following the Concussion Injury

Two to three hours following the incident you should remain awake and be monitored.
You should NOT DRIVE or be left alone.
You can now sleep for 2-3 hour increments.
Someone should wake you every 3 hours, and ask simple questions to ensure that a more serious brain injury hasn’t occurred.

If you feel fine following the incident but notice any of the following symptom, you should seek emergency care as soon as possible:

Rapid deterioration of symptoms
Severe headache with sudden onset • Slurring
Inability to be woken up
Repeated vomiting

Think of a concussion like any other injury such as a sprained ankle or a broken arm. What would you normally do to manage those types of injuries? Rest!

The problem is that we don’t always know what it means to ‘rest’ our brain. If you go right back to work or school, or resume any physical or mental activity, it’s as though you are going for a run on a sprained ankle, which is not conducive to healing. Remember the brain needs a LOT of energy to heal.

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Whiplash Causes Headaches

Whiplash is something that may stick with you long after a car accident. The name for whiplash comes from the motion of cracking a whip. Whiplash can happen at speeds as low as 5 mph1 and distorts the bones in the neck from the proper position.2 Once you have whiplash it is difficult to recover as patients experience the symptoms for as long as 5-10 years.3 The condition can leave long lasting effects as it can damage the muscles in the neck, the ligaments that maintain proper position of the bones, and overall brain function.

A recent look at sports injuries and children has shown that whiplash may be the cause of concussions. When we think of concussions, we usually think of a hard hit directly to the head causing severe symptoms instantly. Data is showing that even minor whiplash sustained during a sports injury can lead to headaches and concussions. One of the problems is the inability to accurately diagnose this condition and provide effective treatment.

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Dr. Tymothy Flory, a whiplash specialist in Upland, CA helps whiplash patients get natural relief, as an Upper Cervical Chiropractor focusing on maintaining the proper alignment of the upper neck. This method uses exact testing to ensure that the Atlas (C1) bone is properly aligned at the base of the skull and top of the neck. If the Atlas is misaligned, the brain cannot receive the proper information to function and heal.

Research has shown that whiplash patients under chiropractic care recover much quicker than those not under chiropractic care.3 It has been proven that when the spine is properly aligned after a whiplash-type injury pain, muscle strength, range of motion, and neck alignment improve.

 

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What to do if your Child Experiences a Concussion

If your child plays sports, there is a chance they may experience a concussion at some point. That is, if they haven’t had one already. What is a concussion? Well, a concussion occurs when a person experiences a blow to the head that causes a change in how their brain functions.

Now, don’t be fooled into thinking that your child hasn’t had one just because they didn’t lose consciousness following that sports injury. A loss of consciousness may not happen, and the symptoms of a concussion may only last for less than 15 minutes, but there are steps that should be taken in case of a concussion.

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Post-Concussion Care

Rest – The injured participant should come out of the game and sit on the sidelines for the remainder of the game, so the brain has time to heal. Not only should they not return to the game that day, they should not resume play as long as the symptoms continue
Avoid repeat concussions – More concussions can cause brain swelling, brain damage, long-term disabilities, or death.
Protect yourself – Whatever sport your child plays, it is important that they wear all available safety equipment for that sport. It is equally important to make sure that equipment is properly fitted and and maintained.
Upper Cervical – Sometimes, when a person experiences a concussion, the brain may literally rattle around in the head. An upper cervical specialist will examine them to see if the collision caused a misalignment in their neck that could lead to further complications.

Of course, falls and accidents happen, and kids will be kids. But we know you want the best for your kid, and that’s why we’re confident that while kids may be kids, parents will be […]

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Importance of the Neck Exam Following a Concussion

Post Concussion Syndrome, Much More Than Just a Lingering Headache
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. According to mayoclinic.com, usual symptoms that accompany a concussion are headache, amnesia and confusion. But many other symptoms may follow, sometimes not for days or weeks following the initial injury. These may include ongoing headaches, dizziness, brain fog, light or noise sensitivity and feelings of depression or frustration. If symptoms develop or persist over a period of a weeks, months or years, you likely have what is termed “post concussion syndrome.”

A study conducted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (as presented in the JAMA Pediatrics, Feb 2013) indicated that post concussion syndrome (PCS) developed in 29.3% of children between the ages of 5-18 who presented to the emergency department with concussion. Other studies also indicate that about one third of those who experienced a concussion injury will develop PCS.

Dr. Robert Cantu, a Neurosurgeon and world renowned expert in concussion and post concussion symptoms suggests a list of 26 symptoms that can be related to PCS. In his book, Concussion and our Kids, Dr. Cantu highlights 4 categories of symptoms: Somatic (affecting the physical), Emotional (affecting mood), Sleep disturbance and Cognitive (affecting thinking and processing information).

It is clear that a concussion and post concussion symptoms can leave you with much more than just a headache.

But why are the symptoms lingering?

Click below to find out.

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Natural Approach for Post-concussion Syndrome

Chronic Headaches and Vertigo?
For years Upper Cervical doctors have been asking patients if they have a history of head and neck injuries including, car accidents, falls, times where they have been knocked unconscious, had a concussion or stitches to their head.

Why?

When accidents and injuries tear loose the connective tissue that holds the spine in place it creates a weakness, which allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position.

The area of the body that is the most vulnerable to injury and has the most far reaching effects is the upper neck. The top bone in the spine, the atlas sits right underneath the skull and when the tissues around it become stretched and damaged the weight of the head will be shifted from center.

Once the position of the head is altered the position of the eyes and ears is altered as well. The brain will initiate a reflex called the righting reflex in order to balance the eyes and the semicircular canals in the ears with the horizon.

The problem is now the head is slightly off center and the spine must adapt to that position by twisting and turning the remaining structure of the spine. This will lead to tilting of the shoulders, the hips and imbalance all the way down to the legs leading to an unequal distribution of weight.

Body imbalance can lead to a variety of different health problems, but frequently has the same root cause…

The original head or neck injury created a misalignment of the Atlas bone at the base of the skull which led to the subsequent problems with the structure of the body, nerve and blood flow from the brain to the body.

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Concussions – What you need to know

If you recently experienced a sudden abrasion to the head, such as a car accident or a sports injury, there is a chance you have whiplash. Though, there is also a chance you suffered a concussion, and that is not something you should ignore.

So, what is a concussion? It is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) that alters how your brain functions. They usually occur because of a blow to the head, but they may also result when a person’s head and neck are violently shaken.

Did you experience a concussion lately? Do you think you may have experienced one? If you have, depending on the force of the impact, the jolt may have caused your brain to rattle around in your head. Here are some things you should know about concussions.
Concussion Symptoms

Bruising
Damaged blood vessels
Injuries to the nerves
Impaired brain function
Vision impairment
Loss of equilibrium
Loss of consciousness
Confusion
Dizziness
Nausea or Vomiting
Headaches
Amnesia
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
Sluggishness
Behavioral or Personality change
Poor concentration
Memory loss

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Concussions and Upper Cervical Care
Not every blow to the head will result in a concussion, and not every concussion leads to long-term effects. If you experience this MTBI, whether you momentarily lost consciousness or not, you may return to normal activity after 15 minutes. If you lost consciousness and your symptoms last longer than 15 minutes, it is important to seek the care of an upper cervical specialist.

Upon examination of your upper cervical spine (upper neck), which are the top two vertebrae in your spine, they will determine if you sustained an Atlas Subluxation. These occur when the Atlas, or the vertebra the neck rests upon, is moved out of normal position, and hinders the brain’s ability to properly communicate with the body. If this […]

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Repetitive Soccer Ball Heading May Be Leading to Brain Injury

Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Soccer
Fox and CBS news are reporting that repetitive heading of a soccer ball may be leading to brain injury. In the past decade, concern has been raised surrounding concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries sustained by football players and military personnel, as more and more studies have indicated that these injuries may have a lasting impact on cognition and memory. And now, another kind of athlete could potentially be at risk for similar types of brain abnormalities: Soccer players.

Utilizing advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City found that numerous repetitions of the soccer move known as ‘heading,’ are associated with adverse brain changes comparable to those found in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

According to Lipton, the lead researcher in the study active soccer players will head the ball an average of five to six times during a competitive match.  But the real bulk of soccer heading happens during practice sessions, in which a player could repeatedly head the ball up to 30 times or more.

“Specifically soccer heading entails numerous repetitions of mild impact to the head,” said Lipton, who is also the medical director of MRI at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “My area is mild traumatic brain injury, so I look at how much does it take (to have a lasting effect).  Soccer players are repeatedly hitting their head, and we know that multiple head injuries tend to be worse than just one.”

“The more heading people did, the more likely they were to have abnormalities of brain microstructure and worse cognitive performance,” Lipton said.

The research is published online in the journal Radiology.

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