Decompression surgery successfully relieved chronic headaches in a 16-year-old who sustained a serious concussion at age 12. The surgery, which releases muscle around specific nerves, is "like unbuttoning your shirt and tie," said plastic surgeon Ivica Ducic, who performed the surgery. "It's freeing up that area, enlarging the space around the nerve." The blow that causes a concussion may leave patients with whiplash-like nerve compression, Ducic says.

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