Index to Chiropractic Literature
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  Title Research. Chiropractic management of post-concussion headache and neck pain in a young athlete and implications for return-to-play [case report]
Journal Top Integr Health Care. 2011 ;2(3):Online access only 6 p
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Case Report
Abstract/Notes Objective: Each year there are an estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports-related brain injuries; 136,000 of which occur in young athletes in the course of high school sports. The purpose of this article is to discuss the management and outcome of a post-concussive headache and neck pain in a young athlete and implications for return to play.

Clinical Features: A 16-year-old male athlete presented to a chiropractic clinic complaining of neck pain and daily headaches from a concussion while playing football 5 weeks previously.

Intervention and Outcome: A short course of diversified-type cervical and thoracic manipulation was applied with significant relief after the second treatment and resolution of symptoms after 5 visits performed over 2 weeks. The athlete was able to participate in a graduated return to play. Three months post-SRC the athlete was able to return to full game play symptom free.

Conclusion: Chiropractors who see athletes in their practices should be aware of SRC and return to play guidelines.

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