When you suffer from a concussion, which can be caused by a bump, strike, fall, or jolt to the head, there is always the possibility that you could develop post-concussion syndrome. The danger is that an injury that causes a concussion may not happen to the head at all, but it may rather occur as a result of the head moving back and forth quickly when the body is struck.
Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a mild brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious and lead to a variety of different problems.
PCS is Life-Altering
While medical professionals may describe a concussion as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) because they are not life threatening, the possibility of suffering from post-concussion syndrome is life-altering. Dr. Adam Aron, a neuroscientist from the University of San Diego says of this type of mild traumatic brain injury that it causes sharp ridges within the skull that can lead to bruising when the brain jolts forward. That jolting can affect our behavior, including our ability to move and control our emotions.
"These findings could be useful not only for understanding movement control," Aron said, "but also 'self-control' and how control functions are affected in a range of neuropsychiatric conditions such as addiction, Tourette's syndrome, stuttering and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."
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Those people at the highest risk of developing post-concussion syndrome due to this mild traumatic brain injury are those who suffer from auto injuries, falls, play contact sports, or are struck or fall. A concussion can happen for many reasons, which is why it's important to become informed as to the anatomical regions of the brain injury as a result.
Beyond the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Unfortunately, the brain is not the only part of the body that is affected, as the brainstem and the spinal cord is also susceptible to injury. A concussion can very well lead to a misalignment in the upper neck, which can lead to tractioning of the brainstem and spinal cord that causes post-concussion syndrome that could manifest itself as various physical and emotional health problems.
Though, the good news is those problems can be reversed through a specialized chiropractic procedure that focuses on aligning any misalignments in the upper cervical spine. That precise chiropractic, upper cervical chiropractic, focuses on ensuring the top two vertebrae in the spine are aligned, so the brain can communicate with the body properly. Aligning those two bones will restore the brain's ability to communicate with the body, thus possibly reversing any possibility of post-concussion syndrome.
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