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Common advice for people recovering from concussion includes getting extra sleep, resting during the day, avoiding alcohol, and avoiding physically demanding activities.

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Across the U.S., an estimated 1.7 billion people experience a traumatic brain injury. Almost 80% of these cases are treated and released from the emergency room, and 75% of people with TBI are also diagnosed with a concussion. Concussions are often a result of a sports injury, motor vehicle accident, or a fall. While many people make a complete recovery, others’ symptoms linger for weeks, months, or even years following the injury. Post-concussive syndrome (PCS) can be a debilitating condition. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, extreme fatigue, and ringing in the ears can all be part of daily life for people suffering from PCS.

Often times, the severity of the initial injury is not the best predictor of whether or not a person will develop PCS. Factors that have commonly been associated with PCS and may make a person more likely to develop it include:

  • Older in age
  • Female gender
  • History of previous head injury
  • History of headaches
  • History of psychiatric disorders

...80% of these cases are treated & released from the emergency room...

Common advice for people recovering from concussion includes getting extra sleep, resting during the day, avoiding alcohol, and avoiding physically demanding activities. Another valuable piece of advice would be to make sure that the structure of the spine was not compromised during the injury and there are no misalignments that may be the cause of the persistent symptoms of PCS.

Dr. Allen Harrison understands the connection between normal spinal alignment and allowing the body to heal following a head injury. His care following a concussion is very specific and involves a gentle approach. A thorough examination at the Balanced Atlas includes determining if a misalignment of the top two bones in the neck is present. When misaligned, these bones put pressure on the brainstem, which can be the underlying cause of many of the persistent symptoms of PCS such as migraines, vertigo, nausea, vision disturbances, and mental fogginess.

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