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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the body that shakes the brain inside the skull. Fluid surrounds the brain and usually prevents it from hitting the side of the skull. If hit hard enough, the brain can crash into the side of the skull and suffer injury.

Concussion Signs & Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of a concussion are not always obvious. A person does not have to be rendered unconscious. Concussion severity can vary widely and the effects can last as little as a few hours to several months.

Common Signs & Symptoms of Concussions

  • Confusion
  • Memory Loss
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Loss of concentration
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Energy loss
  • Anxiety
  • Balance problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Emotional outbursts or sadness


Sports Concussions
Each year in the US, there are over 300,000 sports related concussions. Statistics show that athletes who experience the highest rate of concussions are football players, hockey players, boxers and rugby players.

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Concussions and Football

Over 250,000 concussions related to football at all levels from Youth league to the NFL are reported anually. Recent rule changes at NFL levels and youth levels have occurred in response to the increasing rate of football related concussions. All youth coaches are now encouraged to complete the "Head Up" program in an effort to reduce the prevalence of concussion related injuries.

Concussion Prevention
Continued improvement in safety equipment development is paramount in reducing or preventing concussions. Low-concussive helmets are now available with flexing face masks to reduce head trauma as well as extra protective shells that fit over helmets. Maximizing physical performance and fitness is equally important in the prevention of concussions as well as the ability to recover from not only concussions but all types of injuries.

**Why Wink Chiropractic can help with a Concussion**
We understand the central and peripheral nervous system of the body because of extensive education on its function. If the central (brain) and peripheral (spinal cord/nerves) are healthy and free of interference, then all systems within the body function normally and at peak levels. Chiropractors extensive training related to the nervous system allows us to identify and treat injuries related to the central nervous system including concussions.

Wink Chiropractic has been helping patients with concussions for over 20 years. Our comprehensive evaluation and treatment methods have been proven to be very effective in helping patients recover from a concussion and enable them to reach peak levels of health and fitness to prevent future injuries.

At Wink Chiropractic we have a full line of therapies, specific instrumnet adjusting with the PRO Adjuster, and rehabilitation to allow our patients to achieve quicker recovery and return to competition. Please contact us at 724-223-0590 for more information or request an appointment here on our website.

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NHL Hockey Star Sidney Crosby's Concussion and Chiropractic Care is a great example of how chiropractic care can help athletes with concussions.

Crosby received chiropractic care after lack of progress provided by medical professionals. After a series of tests and corrective measures administered by his Chiropractor, Crosby was relieved of his chronic headaches, dizziness and sensitivity to light and was able to return to the ice.

To learn more about Sidney Crosby's story, please visit this link: Getting Inside the Head of Sydney Crosby


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