The medical staff is very quick to respond with the concussion protocol to a player that takes a hard shot to the head in football. Not only is it important to take quick action when it comes to head injuries, but just as important and often forgotten, is the impact these injuries have on the neck. Any hits to the head will cause damage to the cervical spine, particularly the upper cervical area, which in most cases is no different than a whiplash injury in a motor vehicle accident. This is where chiropractic care comes into play.

The following are some tips in the event you suffer from a concussion?

  • Do not play any sports until all symptoms are resolved

  • Do not take any aspirin, anti-inflammatories, drink alcohol or sleep agents. You can take Tylenol for pain as needed.

  • When all symptoms are resolved, ease back into any physical activity to avoid any flare up of symptoms.

  • See a Chiropractor to make sure the cervical spine is properly aligned and stabilized.

Concussions can be very complicated and dangerous, it’s a good idea to have a team of medical professionals to help in all facets of care. Chiropractors can help speed up the recovery time and prevent the long term damage to the spine and nervous system with regular adjustments.