How a Concussion Can Impact One’s Life

Concussion, Head Injury, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Neck PainA person can have a concussion and not even be aware of it. Experiencing a concussion does not require that a person passes out. Therefore, if one has recently been in a car accident, suffered a sports injury, or even had a trip and fall, he may have suffered whiplash or a concussion. If this type of injury is left uncared for, it can lead to major health problems later in life.

A concussion changes the way that the brain works. It is a kind of MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) that is usually the result of a blow to the head. However, it can also occur if one is shaken violently causing the brain the rock back and forth within the skull. If one has suffered any head trauma, here are some symptoms to be aware of that may indicate a concussion.

  • Ringing in the ears – called tinnitus
  • Confusion
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Injury to the nerves
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Visible bruising
  • Abnormal headaches
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Personality or behavioral changes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of balance
  • Amnesia

One way to tell whether or not a person has suffered a concussion is by observing if he can resume normal activities within 15 minutes of enduring the accident. Another good idea following any head injury is to make an appointment to see an upper cervical chiropractor.

Concussions and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

A misalignment to either the C1 or C2 vertebra can lead to the above list of symptoms. An upper cervical chiropractor will examine a person to identify such a misalignment of the C1 or C2 vertebra. If a misalignment is found, a gentle, precise method is used to encourage the bones of the neck to move back into their original position. Communication between the brain and body can thus be restored, and a person can get back to a normal daily routine without the symptoms associated with a concussion to deal with.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at