New Study Shows Not Everyone Recovers from Post-Concussion Headaches

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A concussion is defined as a traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that causes the head and brain to move back and forth rapidly. Some fully recover from concussions while others can experience long lasting symptoms that can go on indefinitely. The most common persistent symptoms include chronic headaches, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue. 

Studies on Post-Concussion Headaches

new study reviewed the post-concussion symptoms in patients who had been diagnosed with a concussion and found that, of the 285 patients involved in the study, only 27% recovered fully and 67% of those who recovered did so in the first year. However, the remaining percentage did not recover at all. 

Other studies have been conducted regarding headaches as a post-concussion symptoms. Another study showed that individuals hospitalized due to a mild head injury were more likely to develop new headache suffering or exacerbation of previous headache symptoms. Also an additional study showed that there is an association between migraine headaches and concussions in athletes. 

Treatment for Post-Concussion Headaches

Those who suffer with post-concussion headaches often seek out treatments for recovery. These include physical therapy and chiropractic methods. And while these treatments for headaches may have varying degrees of success, a new approach that takes a closer look at the head and neck junction is one that is emerging as an effective solution. 

Many cases of post-concussion headaches can improve when the head and neck is specifically addressed. This is a part of the body that often goes unchecked during conventional therapies. However, those who have had treatment specific to this area have experienced improvements in chronic headaches, concentration, brain fog and fatigue. 

Of course, this innovative post-concussion headache treatment may not work for everyone. For some, post-concussion headaches may be caused by a longstanding metabolic insufficiency of the brain, persistent functional damage to the brain or persistent vestibular dysfunction. Sometimes a combination of these symptoms can be to blame. 

Testing is needed to rule out these additional causes. These can include a functional MRI which can be used to measure blood flow to the brain, qEEG tests that measure functional electrical function of the brain, Buffalo Treadmill tests to measure metabolic capacity and oculomotor and dynamic posturography tests to measure vestibular dysfunction. 

Finding Relief for Your Post-Concussion Headaches

If you are suffering from post-concussive headaches and conventional therapies don’t seem to be working, Vital Head and Spine can help. Located in Pasadena, CA we offer innovative treatments that many people will travel to Los Angeles to get. 

We provide testing that determines what is causing your post-concussive headaches. If testing is not available in our office, we can refer you to a provider that offers that service. 

When treating your headaches, we use innovative methods including our head and neck juncture approach, to get you the relief you need. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing you with a future where your post-concussion headaches are a thing of the past. 

And more than just post-concussion treatments, we offer treatments that can address sleep issues, migraines, dementia, addiction, vertigo, TMJ and general brain functioning to improve your quality of life. 

If you are suffering from post-concussion headaches, you don’t have to live with the pain. Call us today for a free consultation with one of our skilled doctors to find if this treatment is right for you and look forward to saying goodbye to your post-concussion symptoms forever. 

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References

Longitudinal Study of Post-Concussion Syndrome: Not Everyone Recovers(2017, April 15). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27784191

Headache Following Head Injury: A Population-Based Longitudinal Cohort Study (HUNT) (2018, Jan 22). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5777966/

Is Migraine Headache Associated with Concussion in Athletes? A Case Control Study(2018, May 1). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5237624/

Causes of Dizziness. Retrieved from https://vestibular.org/about-vestibular-disorders/causes-dizziness

Barrett, Stephen, MD (2015, Feb 13) How Useful is a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG)?. Retrieved from  https://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/qeeg.html

Leddy, JJ Willer, B (2013, Dec. 12) Use of Graded Exercise Testing in Concussion and Return to Activity Management. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24225521

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