If your child is an athlete, there have an increased risk of suffering from a concussion at some point during their athletic stint. Concussions are becoming increasingly common, especially among school-age athletes. It has been estimated that there are up to 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States each year.
Concussion symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, double vision, confusion, sensitivity to light or sound, and nausea and vomiting. Signs of a concussion that others can observe include slurred speech, changes in balance and coordination, a blank stare, and behavior and personality changes.
Chiropractic care can provide substantial assistance during and after concussion recover.
A blow to the head also often involves trauma to the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments (whiplash). Other parts of the body may be strained or injured as well, but are often ignored due to the more urgent head trauma. Such trauma can cause nerve irritation and interfere with the normal strength, stability, and mobility of the entire body as your brain tries to protect you from further injury. Other body systems, like the gastrointestinal, immune, and endocrine systems can also be affected by the stress response caused by a head and brain injury.
By beginning or continuing regular chiropractic care after suffering a concussion, we can provide treatment, guidance, and support to get you well and returned to activity as quickly and safely as possible!
A concussion injury jolts the brain, causing this precious organ to bounce against the bony walls of the skull, damaging the soft tissues that support and protect it. The violence of the blow does not necessarily determine the degree and extent of brain cell damage. Even a seemingly mild bump can lead to symptoms.
Importantly, any person can experience a concussion from having a hit to the head. Sports injuries and falls are most commonly implicated in a concussion history, however, any significant impact on the body can jolt the head, neck, and brain.