Concussion Treatment

What Is A Concussion?

Concussions Occur From Car Accidents, Sports, And Even Without Hitting Your Head

A concussion is a form of brain injury. Whether from a sports injury, a car accident, a work injury or a slip and fall, a concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a shaking or jarring of the brain. A concussion can occur with a bump, blow or rapid movement to the head or the body which causes the brain to move within the skull. This movement causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull which can result in a change in brain cell chemistry and structural injury from stretching the cells of the brain. This damage can result in a variety of signs and symptoms depending on the portion of the brain involved. Often the person with the concussion looks and seems fine. However, with a concussion their brain has been injured and symptoms can be serious if not treated.

It’s important to remember that a concussion can happen even without hitting your head. Commonly, what seems like minor impacts in sports or a slip and fall incident can result in a concussion.

Are Concussions Serious Injuries?

If Concussion Symptoms Are Not Treated They Can Persist With Lasting Problems.

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People often assume that the degree of injury is directly related to what the injury looks like and how “bad it looks.” However, looks are often misleading which is the case with concussions. Those injuries that look minor can have bug effects in the brain with lasting concussion symptoms.

Of course, a broken bone or a torn ligament is going to create a scene, but this isn’t the best way to judge an injury. When an athlete blows out their knee it is easy to view and see, along with the pain on the player’s face confirming what everyone else is already thinking: that injury is real, that injury is painful, that person is going to need serious medical treatment.

Sports concussions are described as a “mild” traumatic brain injury (mTBI) because concussions are not usually life threatening. However, concussions are still a brain injury and can lead to serious long-term consequences if not managed correctly by a qualified healthcare professional.

Head injuries are not typically as visible as other injuries (fractures). When someone hits their head on TV, they may become unconscious for a moment or they may be able to stand up right away. They might look dazed or need a minute to regain their ability to think straight, but then they can walk off the field just fine. The injury doesn’t look as serious. And too often it isn’t treated seriously.

A broken bone may be visible, but a concussion is in many ways far more serious of a problem. A brain injury requires immediate and ongoing care to ensure that the brain can regain optimal functionality. On television, injuries that turn out to be “just a concussion” are often anti-climactic events that the audience is led to believe will be over in days, if not hours. In real life, however, these traumatic brain injuries — which usually stem from a fall, severe shaking, a car accident or a direct blow to the head — can severely impact a person’s quality of life for several months.

A cold is typically more obvious than a chronic disease, but that doesn’t make the chronic disease any less difficult to deal with. In fact, the chronic disease is typically significantly more serious and complicated than the typical cold. Similarly, concussions are not something that can be overlooked. Following brain injury, whether as a result of a sport incident, a car accident, trip and fall, or other event, concussion therapy is absolutely necessary to ensure that there is no lasting damage following the trauma.

What To Do After A Concussion

Our Chiropractor Treats Concussions After A Car Accident Or Sport Injury

The severity of a traumatic brain injury can vary dramatically. While some concussions are can be minor, and may not require long-term intervention, other brain injuries can have lifelong consequences.

In the immediate hours and days following a traumatic brain injury, the best treatment option is to rest and remain hydrated. Resting your brain means really turning off everything (especially all screens) that will stimulate your mind and to simply relax. This means avoiding television, not reading, avoiding intense music, conversation and too much movement. This may not sound like a very entertaining time, but this is what your brain needs to recover. Just like you’d put your feet up for a day or two after injuring your ankle, you need to give your brain time to rest and recover after being injured.

During this time, it isn’t likely that you’ll be referred to concussion therapy. The important thing is to check in with your healthcare provider for treatment and to have your brain injury assessed, and then to follow post-concussion protocols to give your brain a chance to rehabilitate. During this time, rest is absolutely the best way to cope with the uncomfortable symptoms that happen with a concussion, which include vomiting, confusion, weakness and headaches.

After several days, once the initial intensity of symptoms of a brain injury have reduced then starting treatment with chiropracticphysiotherapymassage therapy, or acupuncture is recommended. Seeking out concussion therapy early on can prevent long-term issues and help you experience a quicker return to health.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture Help Concussion Symptoms Including:

Left untreated, concussions can even inhibit growth in young children, and bring on early dementia for older patients. Fortunately, the therapy field is continually discovering new ways to help patients suffering from long-term concussion complications. If you believe you have suffered a concussion, please contact Axis Health Center in Saskatoon so we can do a thorough exam and get you on a recovery plan.

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