What to Know About a Concussion
A concussion is a brain injury typically caused by a blow to the head. Sports related injuries are the most common reason for concussions, although you could develop one as the result of fall, auto accident, or another personal injury. We at Lifetime Health and Wellness offer various therapies and chiropractic treatments to help you recover.
What Is a Concussion?
Fluid surrounds your brain in order to protect it from hitting the walls of your skull. However, if you sustain trauma to your head that is strong enough to cause your brain to slam against your skull, it could cause a concussion. Sometimes, the force can cause the vertebrae in your upper back and neck to move out of position, also leading to various problems.
A concussion may cause only subtle symptoms in some people. Not everyone experiences the symptoms immediately following the injury. In fact, you may not have symptoms for the first few hours or even days. The length you have symptoms for varies as well. For instance, you may only have signs of a concussion for a few days. Sometimes, the symptoms progress over the course of weeks, months, or longer.
The most common symptoms of a concussion include headache, memory loss, and confusion. You could also feel pressure in your head or even have a temporary loss of consciousness. It is possible that you'll experience dizziness or even see stars. Tinnitus, more commonly known as having a ringing in your ears, is possible and so is vomiting, nausea, slurred speech, delayed response time, and fatigue. Other possible symptoms include:
- Personality changes
- Concentration problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Sensitivity to light and noise
How Our Chiropractors Can Help
Our chiropractors ensure patients have a safe and effective recovery from a head injury via natural methods. The first part of the treatment consists of the diagnostic process, part of which is comprised of obtaining your medical history and gathering information about your injury and current symptoms. Then, your doctor may conduct a brief cognitive evaluation and examine your head for any types of trauma. We may need to refer you out for further imaging at this point if necessary.
Next, your chiropractor might conduct an adjustment to realign any misalignments in your upper back or neck that are causing your symptoms. Our chiropractic specialists guide you through exercises to optimize your balance. We may recommend you undergo acupuncture to correct any mood or sleep disturbances.
Contact Our Lifetime Health & Wellness
If you sustained a head injury or have a concussion, contact Lifetime Health and Wellness, serving Westminster, Bloomfield, and the surrounding areas, by calling 303-423-4610.