Signs of a concussion might include:
- Problems with memory
- Changes in vision
- Nausea or vomiting
Finding the right care options within a reasonable amount of time after your injury can play a large part in a successful recovery. Watching and waiting, which is often used, might not always be the best route to take.
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A blow to the head strong enough to cause a concussion delivers 95 Gs of force to the body. In comparison, the average g-force exerted on military fighter pilots is 9 Gs, making a concussion over 10 times that amount! That level of force can easily misalign vertebrae in the neck and cause damage to the ligaments and muscles that support the spine. The atlas vertebra sits at the very top of the spine and is the transition point between the head and neck. It is the most freely movable one of the entire spine and as such is vulnerable to misaligning.
An atlas misalignment can impact your body's ability to heal after a head injury. This is because it can cause pressure on the brainstem, interfering with normal brain-body signaling over the nervous system. This can lead to persistent post-concussion symptoms like the ones mentioned above. Good reasons to have your atlas checked by an upper cervical chiropractor following a concussion are to ensure proper healing and to avoid dealing with lingering problems long after the injury took place. Rather than continuing down the spiral of chasing down individual symptoms, upper cervical chiropractic gets down to the cause and allows for the restoration of normal function.