Published Case Studies: 

Concussion in Teen;                 Resolution of Concussion


The Best  Treatment for Concussions:  

The Best Kept Secret in Medicine!

  Most practitioners believe the state of the art medical treatment for concussions is rest and over the counter pain medication. But, Osteopathic Medicine in the Cranial Field is uniquely poised, in the hands of the highly specialized physician, to not only treat the symptoms of concussion – headache, dizziness, lack of focus, blurred vision, nausea, poor sleep, poor libido, anxiety, irritability, weakness, depression, and altered mood – without medication, it ALSO removes the force of impact of injury from the brain and nervous system itself!

 The benefits of immediate treatment are immeasurable. While the body-mind-spirit complex does tend towards healing, it does so at the expense of developing residual patterns of adaptation and integration of the injured state deep within our psyche and soma. This downward cycle in health and wellbeing can be avoided. The concussion can be removed and the symptoms reversed at any point post injury. Even very old concussions leave their signature frequency, which are detectable and treatable by knowing hands. This is quite important as research now shows that untreated concussions can lead directly to further brain injury and a greatly increased susceptibility to sustaining future concussions. Studies have also shown “There is no evidence that medication improves recovery after concussion”; that “There is insufficient evidence to support absolute rest after concussion”; and “The recovery for pediatric and adolescent athletes is generally longer than for older athletes.” (  Research has also shown that 77/104 patients, developed chronic post-traumatic headaches with associated nausea and head throbbing lasting 3-12 months, where over 50 percent were likely due to “probable medication overuse for headache.”

 Although new MRI, MRA and PET SCAN imaging techniques have identified some brain patterns that are consistent with concussion, a great number of concussions remain undiagnosed, especially when injury is not perceived to be due directly to head trauma. Whiplash, all falls, and any impact of force sustained by the body can translate into a concussion. Once the patient knows that her/his symptoms are caused by what might be called a “silent concussion,” and are treatable, fears are allayed – which in itself prevents additional stress, worry, depression and running from doctor to doctor for help. Many patients have seen their family physician or pediatrician, a neurologist, ENT, GI, Orthopedic or psychiatrist to no avail. I have been able to diagnose and treat concussions that had remained a deep mystery to multiple medical practitioners. You can read some of my patients’ stories below.



"Words cant fully express the profound experience I had upon receiving treatment with Dr.  Steinecker. The quote above envelopes the feelings of security, safety and profound love that I felt each time Dr. Steinecker laid her healing hands on my head. While Dr. Steinecker  was working on my severe concussion, I literally felt like a newborn baby being held in the hands of her loving mother. A feeling so profound, no word can justly describe. Within 3 treatments, Dr. Steinecker  had reversed the damage of my concussion and I was fully functioning again. My greatest wish is for all beings to experience the profound love and healing that I did with  Dr. Devorah. 

With love & gratitude,

Katherine H.



 Elise's Concussion Story

 What do you do when there is no where else to go?  We tried the GP and she couldn’t figure it out.  We went to a naturopath and he said it was adrenal fatigue.  We got all of the blood work done and it came back fine.  We put her into therapy and this is helping but what is it and where did it come from?  No one could figure out what was going on until we went to Dr. Steinecker.  We are so fortunate to have in Dr. Steinecker both a neurologist and an osteopath.  Dr. Devorah was able to diagnose our daughter’s concussion and begin to fix it through her osteopathic treatments.  We are so grateful for the kindness, warmth and wonderful work that Dr. Steinecker and her office provide.

 My daughter began having anxiety attacks the week school got out.  She was dizzy and had blurred vision.  My active, happy teenager suddenly needed to be in bed in a darkened room, with whispers only.  We tried everything; her doctor, a psychiatrist, blood tests, supplements, therapy and nothing was helping until we brought her to see Dr. Steinecker.  Suddenly her diagnosis was a concussion.  With Devorah’s treatments my sunny daughter’s energy and personality has begun to come back.

 Last year before summer began I decided to begin working with a trainer in order to get stronger and into better shape.  One of the machines worked on trunk exercises.  I think that is what “blew out my back”.  One day I bent over to pick up something and my back went “ping!”  I couldn’t stand up or walk without intense pain.  I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to walk or enjoy my upcoming trip to Europe.  Dr. Steinecker made room to see me multiple times before my trip and by the time I left I was feeling great and walked miles a day around the streets of Paris.  Thank you Devorah!

 Some people would head for a massage after a bike accident or even a chiropractor.  But my experience is that a chiropractor will keep you coming back often for months and that a massage feels good for a day but doesn’t change anything.  For my money-osteopathy works!  Osteopathy heals the body by working with the spinal fluid and facia.  The doctor works with a mysteriously soft touch and it can seem like little is happening at the time.  All I know is that I can go to Dr. Steinecker with a sore shoulder or crimped back and a few days after the treatment I will be pain free. Then, a few days after that I can begin to work out again.  I don’t need to keep coming back.  I am fixed!

 I had a terrible bike accident while coming down a busy road last year.  I fell onto my left side and face right in front of traffic.  I was able to crawl off the road and lay there wondering what kind of damage I had done to my body.  Luckily my husband had a scheduled appointment that very afternoon with Dr. Steinecker., so I took the appointment instead. Dr. Devorah was able to fix my shoulder, take out most of the trauma from my face and send me home on the mend instead of worse.  I came in for another treatment that week and was back on my bike by the next weekend.  It was a healing miracle because I have had multiple back injuries and have a very fussy back. 

 Dr. Devorah and David Steinecker have an office filled with warmth and caring.  They are always ready to hear your story and help.  Often David will help with the treatment. I have been taking my entire family to see Dr. Steinecker for 8 years and feel very lucky that she is available to help us in times of pain.



Kaitlyn's Concussion Story

The email:  "I hope this email finds you happy and healthy!  We all have been doing great....except for Kaitlyn.  In the last month due to sports, she has had 3 concussions, 2 of them were on the same day back on November 4, 2010, and the 3rd one was on Aug. 3, 2011, which resulted in a broken nose and whiplash.  On Sunday, March 3, 2012 Kaitlyn woke up with a headache, vertigo, nausea and double vision.  No fever, cold symptom, no trauma.  No medications have helped relieve her headache pain, and now the vertigo is gone, but she is light headed, unbalanced, and her headache is on its 24th day.  Her eyes are jumpy, not tracking normal, either.  She was hospitalized at Childrens in Seattle for 2 days, her MRI and CAT Scan were clear, eyes and ears, clear.  We are having trouble getting her scheduled with another Neurologist (the soonest they can get her in is this Monday), and will probably be taking her back to the ER today to try to get her some relief.  I don't think they have done a scan on her neck, which is causing her some trouble with muscle spasms.  She has missed 3 weeks of school, reading and the computer work makes it worse.   I would love for her to have an appointment with you to see if you can help her."


Mom's follow-up:  "During one year, my teenage daughter, Kaitlyn,  suffered from 3 concussions and a broken nose, due to sport injuries. She  had seen 3 different neurologists,  had 3 MRIs, missed over a month of school, was hospitalized  and had many concussion symptoms.  Her symptoms ranged from loss of memory, mood swings, fatigue, headaches, migraines, loss of muscle control and coordination, lack of appetite, depression, dizziness and vertigo.  No medications helped  her symptoms.  She wasn't getting better and her doctor's didn't have any answers. 

Kaitlyn had seen Dr. Devorah when she was little for asthma and chronic upper-respiratory infections.  After a few office visits back then, Kaitlyn's energy increased and her body started to heal itself.  Now, coping with concussion symptoms, she went back to see Dr. Devorah.  David was wonderful, working her into their busy schedule.  Within minutes of Kaitlyn's  appointment, Dr. Devorah asked  about her symptoms, listened to both Kailtyn and myself and then she told  Kaitlyn she was going to get better!  You should have seen the relief  that simple sentence  brought to my  daughter,  her worry was gone, she could now focus on healing.  Finally, a doctor listened to her and said she would be ok.   Dr. Devorah's care and healing touch, once again, helped Kaitlyn's body to heal itself, with no medications, just a prescription to rest and listen to your body.  Kaitlyn has made a full recovery and is symptom free.  Yes, she has to be careful because of her past  concussions, however, she can now  focus on her future."