What causes a head injury?
A head injury can range from a bumpor bruise to a traumatic brain injury. To prove this point.Recently we had a young gal come in for care. She bumped her headon her car door jam while getting in the car. For the neck 2months, she has had constant vertigo. Head injuries do not alwayshave to be the result of a severe crash or trauma!
Head injuries include concussions,skull fractures, and car accidents and other minor impacts to thehead. The consequences and treatments vary depending on the type oftrauma and the injury inflicted.
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Head injuries may be either open orclosed. A closed head injury is any injury that does not break yourskull. An open, or penetrating, head injury is one where somethingbreaks your skull. It can be tough to assess how serious a headinjury is just by looking.
While some injuries do not bleedexternally they may bleed internally (hematoma). It's important todeal with all head injuries and get them assessed by a doctor andthen a chiropractor. Later in this article, we will discuss alittle-known procedure called Blair Upper Cervical Chiropracticthathas helped people recover lost function following head injury.
In general, head injuries can bedivided into two categories based on what causes them. They couldbe head injuries due to blows to the head or head injuries due torapid acceleration or deceleration of the head.
Head injuries brought on by a blowto the head are usually associated with:
- automobile accidents
- physical assaults
- sports-related accidents
In most cases, your skull willprotect your brain from serious injury. However, injuries severeenough to cause head injury may be associated with injuries to thespine. Especially where the skull meets the neck, the atlas.Because the skull weighs 10-12 pounds and the atlas weighs 2 ouncesthis junction is the most vulnerable to injury in the entirespine.
What are the significant types of headinjuries?
A hematoma is a collection, orclotting, of blood outside the blood vessels. If a hematoma occursin the brain, it can be very serious. The clotting can causepressure to build inside your skull, which may cause you to loseconsciousness.
There can be bleeding in the spacearound your brain, which is a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleedinginside your brain tissue, which can be a hemorrhage. Intracerebralhemorrhages' severity depends on how much bleeding there is,however, over time any amount of blood can cause pressure tobuild.
The loss of function is temporary.Repeated concussions can eventually lead to permanent damage.Injuries cause swelling of the tissues, when it occurs in yourbrain it's more serious.
Your skull can not stretch toaccommodate the swelling, which leads to a buildup of pressure inyour brain. This can cause your brain to press against your skull.Once the medical crisis has been dealt with the best thing you cando to recover your health is to see a Blair Upper CervicalChiropractor.
Unlike most bones in your body,your skull does not have bone marrow. This is by design and makesthe skull very strong. A skullthat is broken indicates that it was unable to absorb theimpact of the blow.
This can cause brain injury.Diffuse axonal injury is one of the most dangerous types of headinjuries and can lead to brain damage and even death even though itisn't as outwardly visible as other types of brain injury.
What are the symptoms of a head injury?
But, not all head injuries causebleeding. It's essential to be aware of other symptoms that canindicate head injury even though no outward signs are present. Manyindicators of serious brain injury won't appear straightaway.
You should always continue toobserve your symptoms after you injure your head. Also once youhave determined that you have no life threatening effects it isessential that you get to an upper cervical chiropractor who cancorrect and neck injury that can cause long term health problems byinterfering with the central nerve system.
Common symptoms of a slight head injuryinclude:
- a headache
- a spinning sensation-vertigo
- mild confusion
- temporary ringing in the ears
The symptoms of a severe headinjury include lots of the symptoms of minor head injuries. Theycan also include:
- a loss of consciousness
- balance or coordinationproblems
- severe disorientation
- an inability to focus theeyes
- abnormal eye movements
- a loss of muscular control
- a persistent or worseningheadache
- memory loss
- changes in mood
- leaking of clear fluid in the earor the nose
When does a head injury require medicalattention?
Head injuries shouldn't bedismissed. See your physician right away if you think you have thesymptoms of a severe head injury. Once you have been cleared of anylife-threatening injury you should seek Blair Upper CervicalCare.
Upper cervical Doctors aretrained to correct spinal misalignment at the skull neck junction,called cranio-cervical junction (ccj). Correcting this spinalproblem will ensure that your spinal cord and brain-stem willfunction normally and health problems will not develop down theroad.
How is a head injury diagnosed?
TheGCSis a 15-point test thatassesses your mental status. A severe injury is indicated by a GCSscore that is above a certain number known by your doctor. Yourdoctor will need to know the conditions of your injury. Frequently,if you've had a head injury, you won't recall the details of thecollision. You should bring someone with you who witnessed thecollision, when it's possible.
Your doctor will also examine youto look for signs of injury, including swelling and bruising.You're also likely to get a neurological examination, in which yourdoctor will evaluate your nerve function by assessing your musclecontrol and strength, eye movement, and feeling.
Imaging tests are generally used todiagnose head injuries. A CT scan will help your doctor look forfractures, evidence of any structural damage and clotting, brainand bleeding. CT scans are accurate and fast, so they're typicallyused. You may also receive an MRI scan, which can offer a view ofthe brain.
Once you are in stable condition,an MRI scan will usually be ordered.
You Are Stable-Now What? Blair Upper CervicalChiropractic
Unfortunately, the majority thatsuffers from the head injury do not seek upper cervicalchiropractic care. This is the result of a lack of awareness.Injuries to the head also simultaneously cause neck injury.
A neck injury can lead to long termchronic symptoms that do not self-correct. A trained upper cervicalchiropractor should be your next stop after you have been clearedof life-threatening injury. We will explain exactly what a BlairUpper Cervical Chiropractor does and how it can help you recoveryour health following a head injury.
Blair Upper Cervical is a uniquechiropractic procedure who focuses its attention on the skull-neckjunction. Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is tailored to helpthose with post-traumatic brain injuries.
The goal of Blair Upper Cervical isto determine whether the upper four bones in the neck are alignedor misaligned. Once determined there is a spinal problem, precisejoint (articular) x-rays are taken to determine the direction ofmisalignment and joint angle.
Once these factors are worked outthey are used in a precise, gentle, correction to restore jointmotion and normal neurology. When the neck joints are in motion thecentral nervous system can function better. Better function meansbetter healing.
The patient is monitored over timeto determine whether a spinal correction is needed or not. Whilethe correction is in its normal position healing occurs. We have anold saying in upper cervical work- Nature Needs No Help Just NoInterference.
We hope that this article has beenhelpful and helps those in need. If you are interested in having aFREE consultation in our Los Angeles or Carson office you can call310 324-6172 for Carson office or 213 399-772 for our Los Angelesoffice. We hope to see you soon.
"Upper Cervical practitionershypothesize based on their success in addressing many healthconditions that the misalignment of the atlas is blockingcommunication to various parts of the body and thereby affectingthe body’s own ability to correct the problem. “