WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brains function. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches, concentration problems, memory loss, balance and coordination difficulties. Concussions are usually caused by a direct blow to the head, but can also occur after a motor vehicle accident. This is due to the violent shaking the head where the brain forcefully hits the inside of the skull. This is known as a Coup Countercoup Injury. If loss of consciousness occurs, there is a good chance a concussion will follow. Most people usually recover fully after a concussion. However, multiple concussions or any type of brain injury over time can cause permanent damage and early mental diseases later in life.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE ONE
If you’re unsure if you have a concussion, please use the following guide.
- Do you have a headache from the injury?
- Are you suddenly sensitive to light?
- Do you have any vertigo or dizziness?
- Are you feeling Nauseated?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
- Are you suddenly irritable or emotional?
If any of these symptoms applies you after a head injury, it is important to consult with one of our doctors, your team medic, or local physician. Concussions can be easy to manage, but can take some time to heal. It is very important to Remove oneself from any activity which could result in a second concussion while the first one heals.
After a baseline of symptoms has been evaluated by one of our practitioners, a regimental protocol will be made and Strongly recommended. The following can be used as a guideline to help with recovery from a concussion. As long as Any symptoms persist, it is recommended you keep to this protocol.
- Limit the amount of screen time in front of a computer or cell phone to little to none. Computers activate the brain and rest is greatly needed during the first phase of treatment.
- Adhere to the dietary restrictions prescribed by the doctor to avoid excessive inflammation circulating in the body. The brain requires a different set of nutrition than the rest of the body, which is why it’s important take the recommended supplements.
- Monitor your symptoms! If your symptoms increase with physical or mental stress such as work or school, you Will require a break from them.
With any head injury, there may be damage to the joints as well as the soft tissue. Many of our services can help heal an injury faster and more effectively than just rest and ice. Please see the Whiplash page for more information.