Have you ever experienced dizziness, migraines, or ringing in the ears; went to a doctor; and taken an MRI. An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a tool for creating detailed images of the brain. However, it can sometimes miss certain aspects when diagnosing a concussion. Concussions primarily affect the function and connectivity of brain cells, and these subtle changes might not always show up clearly in an MRI.
Been in a Car Accident?
After the accident, it may not be right away but two days, two weeks, or even two years go by. Dizziness when standing up, migraine headaches all the time, missing school/work, or tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, or back. Do you know many who experience an accident may also have an underlying neck injury not easily diagnosed?
What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a condition that can occur after a person has experienced a concussion, which is a mild traumatic brain injury. Unlike the typical concussion, where symptoms often resolve within a few weeks, PCS is characterized by an extended period of persistent and often debilitating symptoms. These symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, difficulties with memory and concentration, mood changes, and more. PCS can affect people of all ages, and it can have a significant impact on their daily lives, making it challenging to perform regular activities and participate in work or school.
The exact cause of PCS is not completely understood, but it is believed to be related to the disruption of brain function and changes in brain chemistry that occur during and after a concussion. While most people recover fully from concussions, PCS is diagnosed when symptoms persist for an extended period, often for several weeks or even months. Managing PCS typically involves a combination of medical care, rest, cognitive rehabilitation, and lifestyle adjustments to alleviate symptoms and promote a gradual return to regular activities.
But what if there is a better way to get to the ROOT CAUSE of them problem instead of just treating the symptoms
Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome
Inside our brain, there’s a part called the cerebellum. It’s like a piece of cauliflower in the back of our heads. This special part controls our balance. So, when people feel dizzy or have problems with balance (like feeling like the world is spinning), it often has something to do with the cerebellum.
Now, let’s imagine a line in our head. The cerebellum should be above that line, but in some cases, it’s falling below the line. What may appear “small” can cause other symptoms as:
- Headaches: Frequent and persistent headaches are a hallmark of PCS.
- Dizziness: Feeling off-balance or dizzy, sometimes triggered by head movements.
- Fatigue: An overwhelming sense of tiredness or low energy.
- Difficulty Concentrating: Trouble focusing on tasks or maintaining attention.
- Memory Problems: Difficulty remembering things or forming new memories.
- Irritability: Mood swings, increased frustration, and sensitivity to stimuli.
- Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia or changes in sleep patterns.
- Sensitivity to Light and Noise: An increased sensitivity to bright lights and loud sounds.
- Blurry Vision: Vision problems, such as blurred or double vision.
- Anxiety and Depression: Emotional changes, including increased anxiety and feelings of sadness.
How Can You Get Help?
Upper Cervical Care: A Potential Relief for Post-Concussion Syndrome
Upper cervical care is a specialized form of chiropractic care that focuses on the neck’s topmost part, where the skull and the spine meet. You might be wondering how this upper area of the spine could help ease arthritic pain in other parts of the body. Well, it turns out that the upper cervical spine plays a crucial role in maintaining proper body alignment and communication between the brain and the rest of the body. When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, it can affect the entire nervous system, potentially worsening arthritis symptoms. Upper cervical care aims to correct these misalignments, and here’s how it may offer relief for arthritic pain:
- Restoring Nervous System Balance: The upper cervical spine is home to a bundle of nerves that influence various bodily functions. When it’s misaligned, it can lead to an imbalance in the nervous system. Upper cervical adjustments can help restore proper communication between the brain and the body, potentially reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
- Better Overall Alignment: Misalignment in the upper cervical spine can lead to compensation throughout the rest of the body, causing extra stress on arthritic joints. By addressing these upper cervical issues, the body’s overall alignment can improve, relieving some of the additional strain on arthritic areas and potentially reducing pain.
So here’s the deal. If you know someone who needs a professional look at dealing with these issues, please give us a call. If they’re in the greater Pittsburgh area where our clinic is located, we’d love to be able to help them. If they’re outside of our region of the world, we’d like to connect them with someone who can help.
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If you are in or around the Cranberry Township area and are looking for an opinion regarding your stress. In that case, you can visit Dr. Bulow at the Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic. Our practice is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm; Wednesday from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can also drop by on Fridays between 9 am to 12 noon.
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