Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) has come into the spotlight more in the past year. As research continues to show how concussions produce lasting effects, more researchers are exploring the underlying cause of PCS. One study looked specifically at the role of the cervical spine when it comes to PCS.
A concussion is usually sustained when a person is in a car accident or suffers a sports injury. However, there are many other ways to end up with a PCS that are not as obvious. For example:
What are some of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome?
Recognizing how neck injuries play a role in PCS problems is vital because it shows that the underlying problem may be the neck misalignments caused while the head injury was sustained and not necessarily the concussion itself resulting in the symptoms. Once this is acknowledged, different methods of seeking relief become available.
An upper cervical misalignment can result in numerous issues such as increased pressure in the brainstem, pooling cerebrospinal fluid, or even reduced blood flow to the brain. A gentle upper cervical adjustment can correct the misalignment and these underlying issues. For many, this has led to a lessening or even complete resolution of symptoms.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.