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Rozhl Chir. 1989 Jun;68(6):431-8.

[Function of the affected cervical spine in head injuries].

[Article in Czech]


The authors followed up 100 patients hospitalized on account of a head injury. Of these 100 patients 48 suffered concussion, in 52 no affection of the CNS was recorded. On admissions 85 of the casualties reported headache (in 79%), vertigo (in 13%) and vomiting (in 30%). In 83.53% with subjective complaints a block of the upper cervical spine and of the cervicothoracic area was proved. In these patients immediately manipulation or mobilization treatment was provided. On discharge all patients were free from complaints. After an interval of one week to three months four patients were re-examined on account of headache, inc. one girl who suffered from mild vertigo. After repeated treatment the complaints receded. In two subjects the association with the original injury was doubtful. Adequate rehabilitation treatment thus practically eliminated the complaints described incorrectly as "postcommotion syndrome". The authors emphasize the necessity of close collaboration of the traumatologist with the rehabilitation physician.

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