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Concussions can lead to various symptoms and complications, including headaches and chronic pain. Over the years, researchers have been studying the biological processes underlying concussions to understand better and address these issues.

When a concussion occurs, the brain experiences an initial disruption of ions and an excessive glutamate release. This leads to a surge in energy demands and a metabolic crisis for the injured brain. These physiological changes have been found to contribute to specific clinical characteristics associated with concussions, such as migraine symptoms, increased susceptibility to repeat injuries, and cognitive impairment.

Fortunately, advancements in neuroimaging have provided researchers with a noninvasive way to study the pathophysiology of concussions in humans. This technology allows for a closer look at the changes occurring in the brain following a concussion.

One of the notable complications of concussions is the development of headaches and chronic pain. These symptoms can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and require intervention for effective management. Interventional pain treatments have emerged as a potential solution for individuals experiencing persistent pain after a concussion.

Interventional pain treatments involve targeted procedures that aim to alleviate pain by targeting specific pain generators or interrupting pain signals. These treatments can include nerve blocks, injections, or other minimally invasive procedures.

By identifying the specific pain generators or pathways involved in post-concussion headaches and chronic pain, interventional pain treatments can provide targeted relief. These treatments can help reduce pain intensity, improve function, and enhance the overall well-being of individuals recovering from concussions.

The specialists at Columbia Pain Management are experts in treating post-concussive pain. We offer a wide range of conservative and surgical treatment options, and we work closely with each patient to develop a personalized care plan that meets their unique needs and goals. Contact us today at 503-654-5636 or 541-205-0173 to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards finding relief and reclaiming your active lifestyle.