Concussion Management Includes Chiropractic Care
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters brain function due to the disruption of the cell membrane of nerve cells. Concussions often result after a blow to the head, but they can also occur when the head, neck, and upper body are violently shaken, such as in a car accident. Historically, people would think of concussions only when there is a loss of consciousness, but most of time there is no loss of consciousness, resulting in undetected concussions. Signs and symptoms include headaches, problems with concentration, memory, balance, pupil changes, nausea, and blurred vision.
Most concussions require rest and time to heal, with a large variance of recovery time between different cases. The best recommendation is to slowly return to sport or physical activity and do not rush back in full force until symptoms are completely gone. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and recognize concussions as they can go hand in hand with common conditions that people seek chiropractic for: whiplash and sports injuries. During a blow to the head or an accident, it is likely that the cervical spine misaligned and resulted in reduced regular range of motion. This can result in neck, upper back, and shoulder pain that are often present with concussions and can be managed case by case with chiropractic adjustments, joint mobilizations, interferential electric current, and myofascial release technique.
If you or anyone you know “gets their bell rung” or has a known concussion, advise them to stop physical activity and be evaluated by different health professionals, including a chiropractor to help with neck and upper back muscle and joint pain, and tension headaches.
Dr. Lucas Tisshaw
Vancouver Chiropractor and ART Provider