CONCUSSION AND FUTURE NECK PAIN!

by dr.g

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2008 90% of visits to hospital ER’s were due to sports-related concussions.  They also noted more than half of the kids did not lose consciousness, 12% experienced prolonged loss of consciousness, and  21% more brief loss of consciousness and the majority did not receive hospitalization(www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/datacup.htm).

What the article doesn’t go into depth about is what happens to these kids after they  are initially treated for concussion. While most go on to be mostly symptom free within a week or two that doesn’t tell the whole picture. A good portion of these kids acquire spinal injuries, namely subluxations or misalignments at the time of injury, but these go undetected because of the immediate concern of the concussive symptoms. In fact, many of the symptoms of concussion: headaches, neck pain, dizziness or blurred vision can also be caused by a cervical or neck subluxation (misalignment).

Just like after a car accident, ER doctors are trained to search for life threatening injuries like head trauma, bleeding and broken bones. Once those are tended to patients are typically released on their own. For many kids with concussion they develop chronic or intermittent bouts of neck pain due to the neck injury that was untreated at the time of the concussion. Some experience more frequent headaches or even some arm numbness or tingling. More serious cases may result in constant dizziness, nausea or loss of ability to concentrate. In the majority of these cases detection and correction of cervical subluxations results in partial or complete resolution of these symptoms.  If your child has been injured in their sport (football, soccer, basketball, etc…) it is important for them to receive a thorough chiropractic checkup within the first few days following the injury to make sure there are not any subluxations.

Regardless of whether they lost consciousness or not, had a concussion or not, trauma can result in subluxations to the spine which may result in symptoms soon or off into the distant future. Because the nervous system innervates every organ and muscle tissue, having subluxations can negatively impact performance. It is for this reason that most professional athletes utilize ongoing chiropractic checkups before and after competitions to help improve performance and minimize risk of injury. Has your child athlete  been checked for subluxations yet?

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