People might think that concussions are more likely to happen on TV than they do in real life, but for those with active lives, concussions are a very common injury. It’s estimated that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur each year in the United States. In spite of so many concussions being reported each year, it’s possible that many more people might be suffering from them but do not seek medical attention. Concussions are often thought to be something that cannot be fixed or are impossible to treat, but fortunately, this is actually untrue but does not mean you should take concussion management lightly.
It’s actually possible to self-diagnosis whether or not you have a concussion so long as you know what to look for. There are many common concussion symptoms, including but not limited to continuous head or neck pains, confusion, nausea, sudden mood swings, dizziness, and a temporary loss of consciousness. These symptoms could easily be shrugged off or dismissed as something else, but if you or someone you know is experiencing any symptom for two days or longer, medical attention should be sought out.
If possible, it’s actually best to seek medical help right away. Just knowing the concussion symptoms alone isn’t going to help alleviate the problem. A concussion is actually a very complex injury. A physician trained in concussion management can help reaffirm whether or not what you’re suffering from is a concussion or something else. Without treatment, concussions can have long term effects on your health and can make your day-to-day life much more difficult.
For concussion management, seek out a Savannah chiropractor. Chiropractors can help with a wide range of sports injuries and can properly evaluate the severity of your concussion. From there, they are actually able to begin with concussion management, which includes a baseline test, a basic assessment of Airway, Breathing, and Consciousness (the ABCs), step-by-step process that allows athletes to return to play, cognitive and physical rest, and low force adjustments applied to the body.
Rest is imperative in concussion management as is limiting physical activity, which can increase the heart rate and blood flow and potentially exacerbate concussion symptoms. Physical activities to refrain from can be as minor as doing household chores or taking a walk to something as major as playing sports.
The first 24 hours are crucial, which is why testing and a complete and full rest are required. After a day has passed, it’s then that additional care can begin. There are specific “return-to-play” guidelines that athletes must follow before they’re safely allowed to re-enter their sport and that everyday sufferers must follow these guidelines before being allowed to return to work, school, or day-to-day life.
Even if your symptoms seem minor at first, a concussion is nothing to ignore. Beginning or continuing sessions with your chiropractor or physical therapist is also incredibly important in your long term recovery. It’s always better to be cautious when it comes to your health and our team of skilled physical therapists are ready to assist in your recovery.