Post Concussion Syndrome

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is usually caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a fall or hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth as is seen in whiplash.

Post concussion syndrome, or PCS, is a complex disorder in which symptoms from a concussion can last weeks, months and even years after the initial injury. Concussions do not always result in a loss of consciousness and it is very common for patients to not notice any initial presenting symptoms prior to the onset of PCS. The brain is protected and surrounded in the skull by a buoyant fluid called cerebral spinal fluid. Unfortunately, this safety mechanism was not designed to withstand the forces involved in a head injury.

The sudden movements seen in head injuries cause the brain to twist and often bounce around inside the skull. This causes stretching, disruption and damage to the structure of the brain cells. It leads to inflammatory chemical changes that can cause further damage in the brain.

Why Treatment is Necessary

As the brain attempts to adapt to the injury, it will attempt to use any pathway it can to accomplish a task. It will make these alternative pathways more efficient. This becomes a problem when the pathway is also related to the symptoms experienced after a concussion. Therefore, we must detect these aberrant pathways, down regulate them and restore health and plasticity to damaged pathways. If not treated appropriately, patients can get frontal and temporal lobe demise via Tau protein and B-Amyloid deposits which have led many individuals to changes in behavior, violence or suicide.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Concussion symptoms and presentation varies significantly from one individual to the next. The severity and duration of the symptoms are often related to the severity of the injury, history of previous head injuries and the current state of health at the time of the injury. Symptoms of a concussion typically fall into the following 4 categories: cognitive, physical, emotional and sleep symptoms. These symptoms range from difficulty focusing or thinking clearly to headaches, blurred vision dizziness and nausea. It can also affect your sleep patterns and changes in your overall mood or behavior.

Testing for Concussions

Testing consists of a complete Functional Neurological and Chiropractic evaluation, often including videonystagmography (VNG) testing which will determine specific parts of the brain and nervous system whose normal patterns of signaling and function have become affected. VNG is a computerized test that analyzes the speed and accuracy of eye movements and also assesses if both eyes are working together. These eye movements are directly influenced and controlled by specific parts of the brain, and give us a window into the function, or lack thereof, in those regions. We can then determine a set very specific brain based therapies to restore normal patterns of brain function and create healthy neuroplasticity, or connections within brain matter.

Why People Choose CIN for Therapy

Colorado Integrative Neurology practices many different methods to help our patients recover from a concussion injury. Examples of brain based therapies we may use to help with your concussion symptoms:

  • Combined eye and head movements to recalibrate and retrain critical areas of the nervous system
  • Hand-eye coordination and speed activities
  • Neurosensorimotor Integrator to improve and enhance coordination of multiple areas of the brain
  • Interactive metronome to improve and enhance coordination of multiple areas of the brain
  • Balance rehabilitation with dynamic instant feedback to improve your ability to move and interact with your environment
  • Non-invasive electrical stimulation to reduce pain or activate damaged neural pathways
  • Neurobiofeedback to retrain use of muscles and movement patterns
  • Chiropractic and myofascial structural care to heal damaged joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles
  • Physical exercises or therapies designed to specifically restore health and function to damaged areas of the nervous system
  • And many more depending on your unique presentation!

The doctors at Colorado Integrative Neurology specialize in a holistic therapies for a variety of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, including patients who suffer from concussions, vertigo, chronic pain, headaches and more. Meet our team and request an appointment with CIN today.

Request a Free Discovery Session

With a free discovery session at Colorado Integrative Neurology, you will get a chance to discuss your case with the doctor and will walk away empowered with a clear understanding of how we can help you. We will ensure your questions and concerns are heard and addressed and will offer recommendations if we are not the right fit for you. Request a session with CIN today.