Concussions can be a scary thing and not are to be taken lightly. They can be dangerous when not addressed. Our team at Life Force Chiropractic answers some of the most common questions below to help you identify a concussion and seek the care you need.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when rapid movement forces the brain to move back and forth inside the skull. When this occurs, it can damage the brain and lead to cellular and chemical changes.
What are the causes of concussions?
The causes of concussions can vary greatly, but sports are certainly a common cause. In fact, it’s one of the most common injuries that athletes sustain. However, a concussion can occur due to any sudden impact, like a car accident, as well as serious falls or violent shaking. Anything that is strong enough to move the brain can lead to a concussion.
What are the signs of a concussion?
There are several signs of concussion to watch for, including:
- Being unable to recall the event that caused the concussion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Being confused or seeming dazed
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Being slow when answering questions
- Blurred vision
- Severe pain or intense pressure in the head
- Anxiety, depression, or irritability
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Inability to focus or concentrate
You might experience only a couple while others experience more. The severity as well as the length of time you feel these symptoms may vary. Additionally, not everyone notices these signs immediately, which is why it’s important to seek care as soon as you sustain any type of blow to the head.
How can a chiropractor help?
Most people wonder if a chiropractor can actually help with a brain injury, which is understandable. Your spinal health is directly connected to your neurological health and nervous system, meaning that misalignment can play a direct role in the symptoms you face. Unfortunately, a blow that is forceful enough to move your brain is definitely forceful enough to cause misalignment.
To be clear, you should certainly not skip emergency or general medical care following a brain injury. However, adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can play an integral role in your healing journey.
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If you notice any signs of concussion, our team at Life Force Chiropractic is here to help. Give us a call at (410) 760-4141 to schedule your appointment today.