Concussions: More than just a Headache!
Concussions are head injuries caused by an impact or a blow to the head that causes the brain to slam very quickly back and forth against the skull. A person can be left with a variety of signs and symptoms that may develop immediately, or may take hours, days, weeks, or even months to develop. The telltale signs and symptoms of a concussion include:
- brief loss of consciousness after the injury
- memory difficulties
- poor concentration
- slower thinking, speaking, reading or reaction to stimuli
- difficulties with remembering new information
- drowsiness or feeling sluggish
- double vision or blurred vision
- headache or migraines
- neck pain
- nausea or vomiting
- sensitivity to light or noise
- balance problems
- sleeping more or inability to sleep
- ringing in the ears
- changes in mood
According to the CDC, falls is the most common cause of concussions. A whiplash injury may also cause a concussion. Athletes playing football, rugby, boxing, skiing, snowboarding, hockey and soccer also have an increased risk of concussion injuries. Athletes should not return to play while displaying signs of a concussion.
Getting checked by a chiropractor after a concussion can help the brain recover more quickly and reduce the likelihood of late developing symptoms. The chiropractic adjustment stimulates the brain, corrects any spinal misalignments and creates an opportunity for the body to heal more efficiently. Additional therapies such as low level laser therapy and brain boosting nutritional supplements can support the healing process as well.