Concussion Treatment From Our Chiropractor
A concussion is something most people have heard of and may even know someone who has suffered from a concussion. However, many people do not truly understand what this injury truly is like. A concussion is medically defined as a blow to the head that causes some degree of brain injury which in turn affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is the most common example of a class of brain injuries known as traumatic brain injury. And since it is caused by a blow to the head, many contact sports can lead to a concussion or similar brain injury. According to reports from the CDC and other sports clinics, football accounts for more than 60,000 concussions, with most patients being between the ages of 12 and 18. Other sports that are high on the concussion causing list include hockey, soccer, and gymnastics.
Symptoms to Watch Out For
Symptoms of a concussion can include any of the following and it is important to note someone may have only a few or the symptoms may come and go and switch out one for another as time progresses:
- Memory loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Irritability or anger
- Slurred speech
- Loss of balance
- Mood changes
- Vision problems
- Pain or stiffness
Here at Synergy Health Partners, we have helped thousands of people recover from concussions quickly and with little to no lasting side effects or concerns. We take a unique approach to our treatment plans and offer three main options for our youngest concussion patients:
- physical therapy- muscle weakness has contributed to the concussion and by strengthening the muscles of the neck and shoulder areas, future injuries can be reduced. It will also help speed recovery to stabilize the neck and shoulders with stronger muscles as well. Physical therapy is often the first course of treatment we pursue, especially for children and we see amazing results in almost all of our cases.
- massage therapy- another option that can be used along with physical therapy or on its own as a secondary step in the healing process is massage therapy. By stimulating the muscles, tendons, and aligning the bones of the neck and back, many of the symptoms of a concussion can be greatly reduced. It will also help speed healing naturally as more blood flows to the area bringing with it regenerating cells and nutrients the body needs to repair and heal.
- acupuncture- reserved for the more severe injury cases or where long-term damage has been done to the body, acupuncture can help reduce pain and inflammation. This will help soothe nerves and lower pain levels and can also help some patients with issues such as mobility, weakness, and numbness. Acupuncture is usually done in combination with physical therapy or massage therapy as a secondary treatment vehicle that can be utilized.
Getting Medical Care is Key for Pain Relief
If your child has suffered a blow to the head while playing sports, or as a result of any incident at all, and you are worried they may have a concussion we are here to help. After they are checked out by their health care provider, contact us for an appointment and let us help you find the treatment option that is just right for them!