Sports-related concussion (SRC) has become one of the most focused-upon sports injuries in the recent past. Sadly, the deaths of high-school athletes and brain injuries in professional football and hockey players have brought more attention to the serious problem of SRC. Concussions can happen to anyone, anywhere.
ALERT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched an initiative called Heads Up to increase awareness about sports-and-recreation-related brain injuries. The Heads Up campaign provides information about preventing and treating SRC as well as providing a return-to-play protocol. (Source: CDC.gov)
Symptoms of Concussion
Concussions are not consistently obvious, and they do not always involve a loss of consciousness or any dramatic signs such as amnesia. Common symptoms experienced directly after a concussion may include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
Delayed symptoms may not be noticed for several days and include:
- Concentration problems
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
ALERT: An untreated concussion can result in long-term brain injury, chronic pain or even death.
Our chiropractic physicians receive extensive education in school on the body’s central nervous system, which includes the spinal cord and the brain–the areas most affected by concussion. After evaluation, our chiropractors may suggest an individualized treatment plan that combines chiropractic massage therapy, physiotherapy or decompression to assist with pain management, and relieve other symptoms related to sports-related concussion.
Don’t take a head injury lightly. You or your loved one could face serious, life-threatening consequences if a sports-related concussion is ignored. Call The Neck and Back Clinics today if you have questions about preventing or treating sports-related concussions.