A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, usually caused by a blow to the head.
It need not be severe to have lasting effects that can take over your life. Conventional treatments offer no real relief from symptoms, and for an athlete, the aftermath of a concussion can mean the end of participation in a sport.
What is post-concussion syndrome?
Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a complex disorder in which various symptoms, such as brain fog, headaches and dizziness, continue for weeks, months, or even years after a concussion.
PCS can occur with even a mild concussion, generally within the first seven to ten days, and is usually marked by an inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia, depression and other symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
PCS is like a thief in the night, stealthily stealing away the well-being of anyone who may have had a blow to the head at some point, and perhaps not even giving it that much importance. It’s symptoms can include:
- Headaches, dizziness and lightheadedness
- Insomnia or fatigue
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Loss of memory and difficulty focusing
- Slowed reaction time
- Blurred vision and/or difficulty in tracking objects
How they treat it
Most patients who suffer from post-concussion syndrome will have normal blood work, normal MRI examinations, and normal vital signs. Since an apparent cause of their symptoms cannot be detected by these traditional tests, mainstream medicine offers no specific treatment for PCS and healthcare providers will simply treat individual symptoms, prescribing pain medication for migraines, antidepressants, or sleeping pills for insomnia. Some patients may even be referred to neurologists or psychiatrists.
While many people do eventually recover from a concussion, just as many will not. Each of the medications prescribed to suppress the symptoms will have their own set of risks and side effects, which simply end up making things worse.
How we treat it
At the Magaziner Center, we treat PCS by addressing the cause of the symptoms, our key treatment being the use of prolotherapy. We have an extremely high success rate treating PCS with prolotherapy.
In fact, many of the PCS patients who come to our facility have exhausted the realm of conventional medical treatment, after having been examined by neurologists, therapists, and surgeons, treated with antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, pain medication and sleeping medication. They have been very pleased to finally get real relief from this insidious condition.Learn more about prolotherapy