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Posted on 11-30-2015

Concussions

Have you ever hit your head really, REALLY HARD?

Blows to the head can come in many forms. Car accidents, sports collisions, trips and falls, hitting on door jams (usually for us tall folks), or even being struck by a falling object. Hopefully most of these are minor and do not cause any damage to brain floating in our heads. That is after all one of the many important jobs our skulls provide, protection. Whenever your head is struck, the energy and force of that blow is transferred from that object into your head, neck, and body. Causing minor and serious injuries.

Several things can occur when this happens; fractures, dislocation of vertebrae, spinal subluxations in the neck, headaches, sprains/strains, lumps, cuts, bruises, and the dreaded Concussion. A concussion occurs when the motion of the head is suddenly slowed or stopped, this causes the brain which was traveling at that same speed to slam into the inside of the skull cavity causing a bruise on the brain tissues. This commonly occurs during whiplash type injuries, car accidents, and contact sports such as football. This is why the development of better helmets in football has not lead to a decrease in the amount of concussions suffered. It is not the impact on the outside of the body that causes concussions, it is the impact on the inside of the body, which is much harder to prevent. Amongst the factors that should be assessed after a head injury is if there has also been any damage done to the spine. Fractures, dislocations, or spinal subluxations are likely going to be found to be present anytime there is an impact to the head.

Common, but not all symptoms of someone that has recently suffered a concussion are; loss of conciseness, head ache, nausea, difficulty remembering and reciting numbers and words, dizziness, and fatigue. Associated symptoms due to the impact suffered can be; superficial pain, neck pain, neck stiffness, bruising of one or both eyes. The long term effects of suffering a concussion aren’t fully known yet but can include; concentration and memory complaints irritability and other personality changes, sensitivity to light and noise, sleep disturbances, psychological adjustment problems and depression, and disorders of taste and smell. Recent research has shown the use of video game therapy can greatly reduce the symptoms of concussion and lead to a faster recovery time. In the book Super Better author Jane McGonigal explores this topic. 

If you believe that you have suffered a concussion it is recommended to take 48 hours to 1 week of cognitive rest before starting a treatment protocol and to be examined by a qualified health care professional in your area. For an appointment today call (858) 866-3345, Personalized Chiropractic.

Please add a comment to Share your story and experience with Concussions or treating them with video games.

Pacific Beach Chiropractor

-Dr. Ryan Curda

Or visit our Pacific Beach Chiropractic Center at

4747 Mission Blvd. #1

San Diego, CA 92109

(858) 866-3345

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