Post-Concussion Syndrome

Traumatic Head Injury? 
Still Suffer Headaches... Dizziness... Pain?
What Nobody Has Told You About Post-Concussion Syndrome

    By Dr. Donald Liebell

   If you’ve suffered a head injury… and you’re still suffering the effects—symptoms labeled “post-concussion syndrome” (PCS), such as headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, fatigue or difficulty concentrating… this will be the most important article you’ve ever read. 

    You will learn something that I promise you will have you scratching your head in disbelief, because nobody has ever told you about it (or even considered looking for it)… something that once I explain it to you… will give you realistic hope for a better quality of life.

    Have you been told there’s no actual treatment for PCS… and that it is not known why the symptoms persist?  After all, some doctors don’t even acknowledge that post-concussion syndrome even exists.  They believe your symptoms are psychological.  Others choose to merely mask the symptoms with drugs… while still others suggest you need “behavioral therapy.”

    Consider that many health care practitioners are dumbfounded as to why some people who have a traumatic brain injury develop PCS, but others don’t.  It’s a subject that’s been hotly debated for 200 years or so.  

    A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that typically happens from a blow to the head.  You don’t have to become unconscious to suffer a concussion.  Many people who suffer concussions experience lingering symptoms for some time after the initial injury.

    The diagnosis of “post-concussion syndrome” (PCS) is commonly made when the symptoms from a concussion last for more than three months after the initial injury.  Sometimes this diagnosis is made when symptoms don’t begin for a week or so after the trauma.  The most common symptoms are headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.  Some people suffer ringing in the ears (tinnitus), fatigue, anxiety, depression or decreased attention span. 

    Yes, most sources agree that PCS tends to go away by itself after a while.  But what about when it doesn’t?  If you surf the web in search of answers for PCS, you’ll learn that the symptoms can change over time

   The “Missing Link” of Post-Concussion Syndrome? 

    I find it disturbing how many people are labeled as having PCS.  Call me crazy, but aren't you also suspicious that something is being overlooked?  After all, the symptoms of PCS are common to other health conditions… so it seems to me that there is clearly a high risk of misdiagnosis.  But I think this for another HUGE reason:

    The Same Symptoms That Are Being Diagnosed as Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Be Caused By A Problem In The UPPER NECK!

    Yes, the upper neck.   While all the attention has been put on the brain and skull, the upper neck has been ignored. In my experience, and that of many of my colleagues, the effects of a “whiplash” injury can be exactly the same as those of PCS.  The problem seems to be that when a person gets clunked in the head, the diagnosis and treatment becomes so focused on the head, that everybody forgets about the delicate upper neck (atlas vertebra) that supports the skull.  You can very easily have a neck injury… but not have any neck PAIN.  This is why the neck may be ignored in cases of concussions. 

    In a common scenario, a victim of a head injury will be thoroughly examined at the hospital and treated for any emergency wounds.  X-ray, MRI and CT-Scan are wisely utilized, with emphasis on broken bones and brain injury.  Of course these matters should be attended to right away.  

    But what about afterwards?  What about after any brain injury, broken bones or other structural damage has been ruled out?  What if your neck doesn’t hurt right away?

    One of the most overlooked and critical aspects of human health and wellness is the upper neck (upper cervical spine).  The first bone of the neck is called the Atlas Vertebra.  It was named “the Atlas” for very good reasons by anatomists: it weighs merely 2 ounces… but is responsible for holding up the skull, which can weigh between 9-17 pounds!  

    A blow to the head can easily knock the Atlas Vertebra out of its normal position (holding your head literally on straight).  This has been proven to result in many of the symptoms that are being categorized and labeled as post-concussion syndrome.  It’s also not unusual at all for a person to have a neck injury, but not suffer any pain for quite some time after the incident.

The bottom line: a neck injury can be overlooked.  Post-concussion syndrome may, in some cases be given as a diagnosis for a hidden injury of the upper neck.

    My practice is devoted to these hidden injuries: how to detect them and treat them… without drugs or surgery.  This "Neck Secret” lies in our ability to specifically detect and treat minuscule physical imbalances between the skull and the upper neck vertebrae.  

    The procedure is called Atlas Orthogonal (AO)This astonishing, precision treatment is performed utilizing a specialized instrument.  The doctor mathematically calibrates it to deliver a safe, painless, split-second sound vibration to the upper neck.  This repositions the bones to decrease compression on nerves… without surgery.   The foundation of the treatment is a meticulous mathematical evaluation.  Geometry, trigonometry and physics are the tools of the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure (AO).   

    If you've suffered symptoms resulting from a traumatic head injury... and you haven't had an upper neck evaluation by a qualified doctor... you have NOT done all you can do to try to help yourself.

    Click HERE to Learn More About the Atlas Vertebra

    For an appointment for an upper neck/post-concussion syndrome evaluation, call (757) 631-9799.

    If you live outside the Hampton Roads, Virginia area...
click HERE to locate the closest upper neck doctor

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                                                     - Dr. Donald Liebell


Dr. Donald Liebell
D.C., B.C.A.O, B.A.

477 Viking Drive Suite 170
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 631-9799


"I just praise God that I found Dr. Liebell"

"If you're tired of hearing the YOU are the cause of your problems, or you should have 'this or that' -- go see Dr. Liebell.  He'll give you the straight talk and get you out of the terrible pain and sleepless nights... You'll be placing yourself in some loving, capable hands!"

     - Margie Hopper, 
        Virginia Beach

"I just feel like a whole new person...

I was at the point where I just couldn’t do anything the pain was so bad… The drugs caused me depression… doctors would say, “this is all that can be done, outside of surgery… so I came to see Dr. Liebell.  Gradually I began to get more mobility in my neck.  Then the numbness in my hand went away.  I could drive to work... It's like I have a whole new life. 
     - Anne Rosie,
          Virginia Beach 

Treatment Helps Extend Career For Super Bowl Champion

Click  to Watch Video of the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure - Including New York Giants Star, Michael Strahan!  
If this procedure can help a football superstar... imagine what it could do for YOU!

Life Is
Wonderful Again!

"The medicine I took and the physical therapy did not work... My medical physician told me I was going to have to “learn to live with the pain...  I'm so happy and relieved to say that my life is 100% better...The pain and the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders have completely gone away... On a scale of 1-10 how my life is compared to years ago… I’d say that I’m a plus 20!! God Bless Dr. Liebell for helping me, because I was truly ready to give up."

- Barbara Springer,   
   Virginia Beach 

The Atlas Orthogonal Procedure

"I suffer from MS (multiple sclerosis), I have extreme neuralgic pain in the lower extremities, I'm in pain 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year, and then I go to see this doctor...
I am walking differently, my pain is's the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me"

- Montel Williams

Click HERE to See the Video About This Procedure On The Montel Williams Show

 "What can I say—he stopped the pain, God bless him!"

“I was having pain from the top of my neck all the way down to my hand…I had spent several thousand dollars on these doctors, all their tests and pills. The worst part was that none of it did any good at all. It was absolutely killing me… 
You’d think they’d treat a decorated war veteran a lot better… 

   I walked into his [Dr. Liebell's] office like a cripple, with serious pain. I couldn’t believe how he knew exactly what to do. Not only did he find out what was causing my neck, arm and hand pain—within seconds of seeing me, but he fixed it… I still can’t believe how simple the answer was. God bless Dr. Liebell for his help.  My condition is all gone. 

James N.,
Virginia Beach

"I am saddened by the thousands and probably millions, of patients that have problems that could be helped by Atlas Orthogonal... but don’t know that it exists." 

   "We want every single patient we have under care to have their spine examined by an Atlas Orthogonist. If the alignment is wrong, the nerve system is not going to work well no matter how good their nutrition is, they are not going to be able to assimilate that nutrition sufficiently. The majority of cancer cases we see have overt cervical spinal [neck] problems, even the ones who don’t have a history of spinal trauma."

 - Dr. Nicholas Gonzales, MD, 
Immunologist, Cancer Specialist


Medical Journal Publishes Stunning Research About Atlas Orthogonal

   Over one million people fall victim to neck injuries each year, suffering long-term pain.  Despite treatment from many different medical specialties, a “significant number of patients do not respond to treatment and have long-term pain and disabilities."
  This medical study involving patients with significant debilitating pain and complications from neck injuries due to auto accidents, revealed shocking results:    

“84% of the patients experienced complete or near complete resolution of their pain and other neck related complications.  

All patients reported significant improvements in their condition with 53% experiencing complete recovery.  Ranges of motion and other measurements of the cervical spine (neck) also improved.”

Journal of Whiplash and Related Disorders
Vol. 5(1) 2006

All of Sudden...
The Pain Was Gone!

"For 13 years I’d been having problems with my neck. I was going to a neurologist, my family physician and an arthritis doctor. I... but they couldn’t do much for me… 
So I found out about Dr. Liebell and decided to go see him. All of a sudden, the pain was gone! It has truly been a Godsend. I’m no longer a miserable feeling person anymore with pain, always feeling bad. If you have pain, by all means make a visit to Dr. Liebell and give it a try.” 

 -Pat Gebhard.   
   Virginia Beach