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What to Do Following a Concussion

From football players getting a trouncing to being involved in an auto accident, concussions are often an unfortunate outcome. It’s vital that you don’t ignore this type of traumatic brain injury. You may be wondering how to know if that bump on the head from a fall or impact during a football game resulted in a concussion.

Common Symptoms

Here are some of the most typical symptoms of a concussion:

  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Clumsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Sluggishness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Behavior or personality changes
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Memory loss

Sometimes these symptoms resolve within a couple of weeks but frequently if there’s an upper cervical misalignment component those symptoms stall out. They improve for a period then stop getting better. With an upper cervical misalignment, the pressure inside the brain builds up and is the reason why those symptoms are not going away. Some people come in debilitated from a concussion that they could have had 1-3 years ago.

How Chiropractic Addresses a Concussion

Anyone who hit their head and sustained a concussion hit their head hard enough to misalign the atlas bone. As the bone weighs between 2-4 ounces, it doesn’t take a huge force to move it. It’s essential that you get it corrected.

We use precise, low-force adjustments without any popping or twisting that most people associate with chiropractic care. These adjustments use a sophisticated instrument-based technique that precisely aligns the upper cervical spine. You’ll likely feel relaxed during the adjustment.

If you know someone dealing with post-concussion symptoms we can offer help at Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic.

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