Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-Concussion Syndrome 

 January 7, 2018

By  Dr. Todd Osborne


The Link Between PTSD and PCS

In February of 2012, doctors from the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine at the University of Washington performed a study on 239 people who had suffered from mild traumatic brain injuries. The study confirmed that 17% of those test subjects developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) thereafter.

The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of memory
  • Lack of concentration

All of these symptoms are also symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Conditions brought on by PCS can often last weeks or even months after the initial injury that caused the concussion.

This evidence demonstrates a link between PCS and PTSD, which are both types of mild traumatic brain injuries.

The Common Connection

The relation between concussions associated with head and neck traumas and these two conditions are often overlooked. These traumas frequently result in a misalignment of the upper cervical area of the spine, particularly the first two bones in the spine. These are known as the C1 and C2 vertebrae, or the atlas and axis, and are positioned at the base of the brainstem.

A misalignment of these two bones can hinder the brain’s ability to communicate with the body. This can lead to physical and emotional health problems. Therefore, it is vital to correct this misalignment, so your body can heal itself naturally.

It is important that you seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor to address these issues. We can examine your upper cervical area to see if there is any misalignment. If there is, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan. That can include gentle adjustments to realign the C1 and C2 vertebrae. This will help restore your brain’s ability to communicate with your body.


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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