A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is typically a result from a direct or indirect trauma to the head. When this occurs, there may be internal bleeding, tissue bruising and damage and an increase in fluid build up leading to the brain’s inability to function at normal capacity. Victoria Family Chiropractor, Dr. Stephanie Louie reports that patients with a head injury may have a concussion without realizing it.
Concussions are usually temporary and may lead to cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms such as problems with concentration, amnesia, headache, dizziness and fatigue. Other common symptoms to watch out for are: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, problems with concentration, and brain fog. “It is exceptionally important that if you are unsure if you or your child may have a concussion to be assessed right away to decrease any risk of long term side effects.”
Rest can be one of the best tools you can use to recover from a concussion. “This means rest from activities that you may not even think can be doing harm. Rest includes limiting activities that require thinking and concentration such as any type of screen time whether it is a phone, tablet or TV. Work/school and physical activity should also be avoided. Once symptoms start improving, then a gradual return to activities is recommended, however, if symptoms start to return again, all activity must be limited. As a chiropractor, we are trained in the diagnosis, treatment and management of this type of injury and it is important to help a patient fully recover so that they can get full function back.”