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What is Post Concussion Syndrome?

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What is Post Concussion Syndrome?

Fans are on the edge of their seats as their favorite running back rushes to the end zone. The announcer yells, “Touchdown!” and the crowd erupts as six points are added to the scoreboard. During the next play, that same player is tackled and his helmet collides with the defender’s. The play concedes and the player is thrown onto the ground. He is taken back to the locker room for examination, and it is soon reported that he is out for the rest of the season with a concussion. In 2019, 224 concussions were reported within the NFL, and cases remain steady among high school college players- making it a common issue faced among athletes. 

Post Concussion Syndrome Symptoms

Weeks later, as the player prepares to return to practice, he begins to experience constant headaches, dizziness, and has trouble sleeping through the night. After a comprehensive physical examination and CAT scan, the patient is diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Defined as lingering trauma following a head injury, PCS can last anywhere from a few weeks to months. Symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome often include headaches, fogginess, fatigue, and amnesia; all of which can be worse in those with recurring head injuries. Often, a patient with PCS will forget how many times they’ve been hit or had a concussion due to the trauma, which is especially common among athletes. Oftentimes, especially common among athletes, the patient will forget how many times they’ve been hit or have had a concussion due to the trauma. In severe cases, Post Concussion Syndrome can even cause episodes of rage, depression, and forgetfulness.

Post Concussion Syndrome, however, is not only limited to athletic-related injuries. After being hit by a drunk driver at 18 years old, Dr. Greenberg suffered from a severe concussion as well as symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome for 10 years. Recalling his experience, Dr. Greenberg says, “It felt like someone was drilling through my head with a jackhammer. It would wake me out of my sleep. It was excruciating.” Luckily, after a long battle with these painful symptoms, Dr. Greenberg was able to pinpoint the hotspot of the pain and figured out the best way to treat Post Concussion Syndrome. 

Treatment for Post Concussion Syndrome: The Greenberg Method 

Because of his past experiences, Dr. Greenberg both empathizes with his patients and understands how to properly treat the condition and its lasting effects. While Post Concussion Syndrome is often remediated with medications such as pain relievers or antidepressants, the Greenberg Method takes a much different approach. While most medical professionals will strictly examine the head and neck, Dr. Greenberg gives a thorough, full-body assessment to gain understanding of how the condition affects the patient in its entirety. From there, he can assess, create a recovery plan, and properly treat the upper cervical spine with Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), or Stem Cell Therapy. The chosen treatment procedure will depend on the patient’s unique condition, as Dr. Greenberg understands that no two cases are the same.

Do you think you may be suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenberg to determine which treatment plan is best-suited for your recovery process.

WE ARE CDC COMPLIANT

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, any patient that enters the building will be screened for the virus by having their temperature taken and filling out a questionnaire from Main Line Health. Once inside the office, patients will be asked to wash their hands immediately and may receive another temperature check. All patients will be able to maintain a safe social distance from others, as only one patient is seen per hour. The Greenberg Regenerative staff wears their masks at all times, and also ensures that all safety protocols and guidelines per Main Line Health and the CDC are being followed. Additionally, Dr. Greenberg is fully vaccinated, which further reduces possible COVID-19 transmission. At the end of the appointment, patients have the option to take a Greenberg Regenerative Medicine hand sanitizer to allow them to remain safe and healthy.