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Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBIs) in Children and Adolescents 

 November 25, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

Traumatic Brain Injury, TBJ, Brain Injury, Headache, Headaches, Migraine, Migraines, Head Injury , Children, KidsAccording to the CDC, traumatic brain injuries among children and adolescents (those under age 19) are common. In fact, traumatic brain injuries account for about 30% of deaths due to injury in America. Shockingly, 400 out of every 100,000 young people will experience a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) this year, often due to sports or other kinds of activities.

There are some myths surround MTBIs. For one thing, a person does not have to be knocked unconscious, have a fractured skull, broken bones, bleeding, or be in a coma in order for them to be diagnosed with a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Whiplash can be the cause of an MTBI as well as sports-related injuries, tripping and falling, or any kind of physical trauma that includes a blow to the head or injury to the neck.

Sadly, if this condition is not properly cared for, a person can continue to have some of the following symptoms, even years later:

  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Back and neck pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Abnormal headaches and migraines
  • Problems with speaking ability
  • Problems paying attention, mental confusion, memory loss, and other cognitive issues
  • Difficulty sleeping

Where to Find the Right Kind of Help for MTBIs

It has been noted over and over that a misalignment of the upper bones of the neck is often the result of these types of injuries. Even if the C1 or C2 vertebra are misaligned by only ¼ of a millimeter, it can wreak havoc on a person’s body leading to the abovementioned symptoms. Using a gentle, safe process that does not require popping or cracking the neck bones, an upper cervical chiropractor can help these bones to realign naturally. Once corrected, many patients report seeing their symptoms lessen or even go away completely.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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