Post-concussion syndrome (PCS), aka postconcussive syndrome 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.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, often caused by a blow to the head. PCS can occur with even a mild concussion and the risk does not appear to be associated with the severity of the concussion. It will generally occur within the first seven to ten days and last for a few months, although I can persist for years.
Most patients who suffer from post-concussion syndrome will have normal blood work, normal MRI examinations, and normal vital signs. Since we cannot “see” an apparent cause of their symptoms by these traditional tests, a conventional treatment for post-concussion syndrome does not exist.
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of memory
- Slowed reaction time
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in tracking objects
Conventional medicine offers no specific treatment for PCS and healthcare providers will treat it by treating the individual symptoms. Pain medication may be prescribed for migraines, antidepressants may be used or sleeping medication may be prescribed for insomnia. Some patients may see neurologists or psychiatrists.
While many patients will recover from their 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. Patients can go for years with no relief, no help and nowhere to turn. With the inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia, depression, and more, PCS can cause take over a patient’s life, making them feel that there is nowhere to turn, no relief from their symptoms. For professional athletes, PCS is common, and can derail their career. Many of the patients that come to us have exhausted the realm of traditional medical treatment and have been examined by neurologists, therapists, and surgeons, treated with antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, pain medication, sleeping medication and more.
At the Magaziner Center, we treat PCS by healing the cause of the symptoms. Dr. Greenberg, who successfully treated his own PCS and injuries using prolotherapy, and Dr. Magaziner have had an extremely high success rate treating PCS with prolotherapy.
Dr. Greenberg became interested in pain management treatment when traditional medicine could not solve his own medical problems. Having been struck by a drunk driver at over 75 miles per hour, Dr. Greenberg suffered for over 10 years with headaches and debilitating pain in his back, knee and shoulder, inability to concentrate, and lack of energy. After months of therapy, MRI testing, and consultations with both orthopedic surgeons and neurologists, there was no treatment to be offered other than narcotics – which he refused. Out of desperation, he began to take matters into his own hands. He determined that most of his issues were likely caused not by damage to his brain, but by something entirely different. It was not until Dr. Greenberg discovered prolotherapy that he was able to treat himself and cure his PCS and chronic pain.
“I began to treat administer injections into the base of my skull and localized areas of my neck and head. While performing this procedure on myself was somewhat risky, it was my last and only hope. Simply put, suffering in chronic pain for a decade needed to end. Fortunately within a few treatments, my pain was drastically reduced and I’m pleased to say it has been gone now for more than 16 years!”
He now enjoys activities such as biking, ocean kayaking, weightlifting, running, and hockey – when he is not helping others experience the same natural pain relief.