April 14, 2017

The Truth About Concussions from a Tallahassee Chiropractor

Posted in Articles tagged , , , , , , at 12:05 pm by dennisfiorini

Many people have heard about concussions or know someone who has suffered one, but very few people truly understand what a concussion is and what impact it can have on someone. Many Tallahassee chiropractic offices see concussion cases so it is important that people have at least a working understanding of what this injury is and what it does to the brain and bod

A concussion is the mildest form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that a person can get.  It is generally caused by a bump, blow, or jolt that is sustained to the head, such as is seen in contact sports like football, boxing, and wresting. A concussion sometimes results from violent movement or jarring to the head such as with bad whiplash during a car accident. People who get a concussion usually make a full and quick recovery; however, there are cases where the symptoms can last for days or weeks. Common symptoms of this type of injury include loss of memory, trouble concentrating, confusion, difficulty seeing, and other mental impairments.

Studies have also shown that people who sustain a concussion are more likely susceptible to future concussions with future head injuries. The reason for this is not fully understood but it is believed to be due to the nature of the brain and that while a damaged area can heal nd repair it will be weakened compare to the rest of the brain and will be more easily damaged in the future.

The most common causes of concussions are sports injuries, bicycle accidents, car accidents, and falls, and once someone has suffered such an event future injuries of the same are likely to cause worse concussions; this is why repeat injuries from sports like football, hockey, soccer or wrestling are so dangerous because each future concussion damaged the brain further and makes recovery harder.

At least 25% of people who end up with a concussion get assessed by medical personnel. This is potentially very dangerous as a bad head injury can have lasting effects and if further injury happened before full recovery is achieved the damage can be compounded. Think of it like breaking your arm then taking a fall again before it is fully healed- the arm would likely break even worse and you would suffer even more damage to the arm. The same sort of thing happens with repeat concussions.  Should you suffer from a suspected concussion, seek out professional treatment right away.

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