Concussion Information You MUST Know

Concussions are complicated issues. When looking to work with any doctor or concussion client, make sure you choose one who is highly trained and specializes in working with concussion rehabilitation and brain based therapies.

concussion2Perhaps you or someone you know has suffered one or more concussions in the past. Most people brush concussions off as something easy to recover from or if the concussion was not severe, think it's really no big deal. But, nothing could be further from the truth. Rarely do people realize how traumatic a concussion can be—even the "minor" or "little" concussions that can occur when you "see stars" or "get your bell rung."

Concussions are actually mild forms of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). This type of injury occurs when the head suffers a blow or moves back and forth violently. This causes the brain to move around, which breaks down connections and interrupts regular processes that occur in the brain every millisecond.

Common concussion symptoms...

One of the most common symptoms people experience due to a concussion is dizziness. This is a result of damage to the blood flow system, which reduces the amount of glucose and oxygen that goes to the brain. Other common symptoms include:

  • Frequent headaches.
  • Trouble remembering things.
  • Feeling drowsy.
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Feelings of confusion.
  • Pressure in the head.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Emotional changes.
  • Irritability.
  • Depression.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

Some people will experience many of these symptoms while others will experience just a select few. It’s also common for people to experience signs and symptoms of a concussion months or even years after the injury, depending on how bad the damage and trauma to the brain was. No matter how minor someone things a concussion is, it is very important to get checked by a qualified professional to mitigate the long term damage concussions can cause.

Some people will experience many of these symptoms while others will experience just a select few. It’s also common for people to experience signs and symptoms of a concussion months or even years after the injury, depending on how bad the damage and trauma to the brain was. No matter how minor someone things a concussion is, it is very important to get checked by a qualified professional to mitigate the long term damage concussions can cause.

Concussion side effects can occur long after the initial trauma.

While most people see their primary medical doctor for a concussion, treatment usually ends after they are deemed to be "healthy enough" to go about life or step onto the playing field again. Unfortunately, this doesn't guarantee the patient actually has a sound or fully recovered, healthy brain. Nor does it guarantee the patient won't experience some type of continuing side effects and symptoms from the injury later on.

In fact, most people who have suffered a concussion or multiple concussions do experience some type of side effects later on in life. You hear of this quite often related to concussions suffered in sports. An athlete may have a career ending concussion only to then suffer from depression or other side effects years down the road.

Because long term side effects of concussions can present themselves many months or even many years after the initial date of the injury, people often don't put two and two together.Rarely do they realize the side effects and issues they're currently struggling with are the long term effects from an earlier concussion. No matter what the cause is of this type of injury, whether it's a slip and fall accident or an injury sustained in sports, concussions should be taken very seriously because of the complications that can result.

Care and rehabilitation for concussions...

Due to cutting-edge research in chiropractic neurology, it’s now known that after a concussion occurs, symptoms can and will linger shortly after the concussion and well into the future. This is because the neurons in the brain begin to swell, which causes brain connections to die off. These connections are essential to your well-being, as they make sure you're able to have full functionality with things that you do each and every day that the brain controls. Connections die off as you live your life, because this is simply a part of the aging process. However, suffering trauma to your brain can make the connections die faster and if you suffer from additional brain injuries or trauma to your head, those can expedite the process.

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Getting care and treatment after experiencing a concussion is extremely important for anyone, whether they experienced one concussion or several. Going to your medical doctor is important first step for an immediate evaluation and stabilization. However this is not where concussion treatment should stop. Therapy and rehabilitation from the concussion is key to ensure long-term success from the injury.

Brain based therapy from a highly trained chiropractic neurologist, is rehabilitation that all concussion sufferers should consider. This type of therapy is an amazing way to rehabilitate the brain and restore function. Brain based, chiropractic neurology helps the brain form new connections in those that were previously damaged from the trauma. This type of therapy can improve overall brain function, reduce swelling of neurons and reduce the long term symptoms and side effects that many people suffer with.

Neuroplasticity is a word to familiarize yourself with...it's the brain's ability to form new neural pathways and synapses connections, which is brain based chiropractic neurology concussion rehabilitation is all about. Working with a highly trained chiropractic neurologist will work with your brain’s neuroplasticity to help it form those new connections, which in turn returns function in the brain after trauma. With regular care and treatment, most patients are able to make great strides with reducing their symptoms and gaining back much of the functionality that was lost with the initial injury.

Our Denver concussion clinic therapy and rehab options...

Concussions should be treated seriously no matter your age, the severity of the injury or how many you have suffered. The damage to your brain might not be something you can see or even feel right now, but suffering a concussion, no matter how severe, does damage neuro connections and pathways. Integrated Brain Centers highly trained team of experts will give you a comprehensive exam that will pin points the area of the brain that needs therapy and rehabilitation.

When you work with Integrated Brain Centers, you can expect a customized treatment plan and rehab schedule for your unique, individual needs which will incorporate several different brain based therapy techniques. Once these are implemented properly, you'll be well on your way towards feeling better and gaining back functionality. Our programs work over the course of several sessions in order to truly be effective. This is because we understand that brain connections take time to form and successful concussion rehab doesn't happen overnight.

Your brain is a complex machine that controls everything in your body. Concussions are serious injuries that must be treated in a comprehensive approach for long term success. If you've suffered one or multiple concussions from a fall or sports injury, you owe it to yourself to be evaluated to ensure long term health and function after your injury.

To See If You Qualify For Care at Our Denver Concussion Clinic, Please Call 303-781-0126.

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