Post-Concussion Syndrome

There are options. There is help – and you’ve just found it.

At the Magaziner Center for Wellness we treat post-concussion syndrome by treating the root cause of the imbalance. Rather than simply prescribing medication to mask the symptoms, we take a holistic approach, using extensive testing to determine all causes and contributing factors. While medications generally work by suppressing, blocking or disabling normal reactions in the body—a typical example being calcium channel blockers or ACE inhibitors, our natural therapies generally work by facilitating, enabling, and assisting normal physiologic reactions to occur. We create a unique and personalized treatment plan for every patient, based on their individual triggers, detoxification pathways, immunologic factors, nutritional status, lifestyle, lab work results, and more. As a result, our patients experience excellent clinical outcomes and fewer side effects. In short, our treatments work in concert with the body rather than attempting to battle it. Just think of us as an ally to your body.

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.

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of memory
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Lightheadedness
  • Depression
  • 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.

Prolotherapy is a holistic procedure that involves a series of injections into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints that produces a healing response within the damaged tissue, ultimately leading to repair of the damage. The mechanism for this non-surgical repair is mediated through immune system modulators which cause the concentration of cells known as macrophages and monocytes along with chemicals known as chemokines, to remove microscopic debris and fix damaged tissues.

The answer has to do with what happens during a head injury. Trauma to the skull does not just damage the brain, it also creates a significant whiplash injury to the neck and the base of the skull. Within these areas lies the brainstem, an area of the brain that controls our balance and coordination, and supplies nerves to the muscles that control the eyes, ears, face, and portions of our autonomic nervous system (ANS). Injury to the cervical and skull base changes the relationship between the brainstem, base of the skull, and cervical canal, causing increased pressure on the nerve control described above. This leads to many of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. Fortunately, Prolotherapy and PRP injections (injections of a patient’s own platelet rich plasma) into these damaged areas can normalize the relationship between the skull base and cervical canal, and relieve excessive pressure on the nerve. Once this happens, symptoms of post-concussion syndrome resolve!

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