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Which kids are most likely to have prolonged concussion symptoms?

April 14, 2016

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Mark Proctor, MD, Contributing Editor

Mark Proctor, M.D. is the Director of the Brain Injury Center and Interim Neurosurgeon in Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is past-Chairman of the Board of the Thinkfirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, and continues to … See Full Bio
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April 14, 2016

Dr. Jeffery Shaefer MGH/Harvard Cranial Facial expert, peer reviewed data accepted for presentation to the FIFA International Concussion Conference committee that showed the jaw’s position is linked to concussion susceptibility and related symptoms. He theorized that their is a sub set of candidates who diagnose with jaw cartilage disk displacement, when present can many times mimic post concussion symptoms and weaken key neck muscles in EMG review. In cases of C1, C2 disk bulge or Atlas subluxation, affecting neck muscle symmetry and function, the jaw will many times also be out of alignment. New Myofacial technologies have enable researchers to reproduce these intricate co contracting musculature mechanisms, that were once impossible to track. The most recent research confirms symptoms are not alway a result of coup injury and may be relieved th rough chiropractic and Temporal mandibular joint manipulation. The use of orthotic and neuromuscular mouth guards in recovery and during play is most effective, ordinary mouth guards that ignore jaw occlusion can many times exacerbate symptoms. Night grinding, cerviogenic headache, ear ringing, nausea are just a few markers that should set off the alarms to look more closely at this area of concern.

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