Concussions are a serious brain injury that cause bruising and damage to the neurological tissue, more specifically the brain. This traumatic brain injury is most often seen in people who have been in a car accident, play contact sports, or anyone who may have taken a blow to the head. Bruising and swelling of the brain are physiological changes that occur during this traumatic injury. Pressure on the brain tissue that is caused by the swelling may lead to initial symptoms of drowsiness, memory loss or blurred vision. Proper concussion testing should be administered to anyone who has taken a hit to the head. Neural tissue is damaged when the brain bounces against the inner surface of the skull. The cause of concussions comes from a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain within the skull. This is why people who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident are prone to concussions. Most commonly concussions are seen with athletes participating in contact sports following a blow to the head. Recent attention has been brought to the issue of concussions in sports and the possible long term effect of brain development. Following the proper protocols when a concussion is suspected can help dramatically in diagnosing and treating an athlete.
Symptoms – Headaches, nausea, memory loss, loss of balance, blurred vision.
Tips – Evaluation of a person who may have suffered a concussion is crucial. Initially following the blow to the head make sure to keep the person alert and awake. Initial drowsiness is a tell-tale sign of a traumatic brain injury and possible brain bleeding. The best treatment for concussions is physical and mental rest to allow for neural tissue to heal. No athlete should ever return to play on the same day of concussion. The athlete should be cleared by their medical provider before returning to activity. The team at Northern Edge Chiropractic in Plymouth, MN can help.