Concussions and Chiropractic
In the U.S., there are a minimum of 300,000 sports-related concussions per year. If your child is in contact sports, there’s a risk of the contact ending in a concussion. In fact, research suggests that the number of documented cases of concussions among children is on the rise.
How is Chiropractic Treatment a Valid form of Concussion care?
As Chiropractors, we are often the first health care provider to care for patients who are suffering from a head injury, such as those incurred in sports or car accidents. Because of this, we have worked hard to become very proficient in the assessment and diagnosis of concussions. In our office, we use a specific assessment tool called the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2) and the associated APP to evaluate, assess concussions in athletes with the end goal of safely returning the athlete back to the sport.
The assessment tool is used to evaluate symptoms and physical signs. Some classic symptoms are indicators that the neurological symptoms are present:
o Blurred vision
o Increased confusion
o Dilated pupils
o Weakness in on arm/leg
o Worsening headache
Because a concussion is a brain injury caused by a direct blow to the head, neck or face, there’s a good chance that the blow also causes a misalignment of the cervical spine. This misalignment is much like whiplash in its stress and pressure it laces on the cervical spine.
Guidelines for concussion include no alcohol, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and sleep agents should be taken. Use Tylenol for pain if necessary. Do not drive until you can return to the sport. And as your chiropractor I will care for your cervical spine and head pressure. In addition, if you need to be referred out to another health professional, I will let you know.
The physiologic benefits of upper cervical Chiropractic care are easily observed on MRI as shown the image below:
The image on the left shown the congestion associated with the inflammation that is present in the head in post-concussion syndrome. The inflammation is obviously pooled in the front of the brain. After the Chiropractic treatments you can see the obvious and dramatic change in the amount of inflammation in the brain.This physiological change of clearing the brain of inflammation is the key to healing and return to full function. And Chiropractic adjustments are at the helm of this clearing process.
Dr. J Scott Threde DC
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