50884861 - football player with a red uniform on a tunnel to a stadium.A concussion will have you on the sidelines for a while, but chiropractic can help get you back in the game fast.

Concussions are a growing problem in the U.S. In fact there are more than 300,000 reported every year! Most come from sports-related injuries, but many people experience them as the result of a freak accident. Normally the symptoms are temporary such as nausea, headache, dizziness, fatigue and confusion and they tend to resolve in a week or so.

However, sometimes there can be more serious complications. This is especially true of people who experience concussions repeatedly. Complications can include chronic headache, vertigo, epilepsy and ongoing emotional issues like depression.

Chiropractors are often the first medical professionals to see the signs of concussion, since people tend to visit when suffering from headache or neck pain. Most often the concussion is accompanied by a misalignment in the spine from the trauma of the injury. The cervical spine area is normally the most affected. Chiropractors can manipulate the cervical spine to help alleviate symptoms. This is a low-risk treatment that works well for both adults and children.

Of course the best case scenario is if you never get a concussion in the first place! So be sure to take the proper precautions by wearing a helmet and pads when playing sports, and get checked right away if you experience any symptoms of concussion.