In the last decade, research has shed some light on sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI). Diagnosing, treating, and preventing concussions related to athletic activity has become a media “hot topic”. In one realm of concussion research, findings are verifying that concussion-like symptoms experienced after trauma may not be directly associated with neurological trauma to brain tissue, but rather neurological irritation in the upper part of the neck. These symptoms may include headaches, head pressure, “brain fog”, light-headedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, ear pressure, ringing in the ears, achy pain in the ears, and/or moments of blurred vision.
Upon trauma and experience of these symptoms, it is first imperative to visit the ER or the family doctor to assess for direct neurological irritation/damage to the brain (likely diagnosed via CT scan of the head)… But if brain injury is ruled out and/or concussion-related symptoms persist (or go away and come back with increase in physical activity), a visit to one of our offices for a check-up may be warranted.
If the nerve irritation causing the concussion-related symptoms is coming from a joint problem in the upper neck, chiropractic may be effective in helping to manage/eliminate the problem.
-Dr. Ryan Jackson