Concussion Diagnosis, Treatment and Management
What is a concussion?
It is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It has a direct impact on the way you think and remembers things which can cause a variety of symptoms.
Any blow to the head, face, or neck or even a blow to the body that jars your head, could cause a concussion.
We only have one brain which controls our entire body. Once injured the short and long-term effects can be serious if left undiagnosed and treated by a professional who understands how to deal with all ways a concussion can alter your life and activities.
In all suspected cases of concussion, the person should stop the activity right away.
Continuing activity increases their risk of more severe, longer-lasting concussion symptoms, as well as increases their risk of other injuries.
Anyone with a suspected concussion should be checked out by a medical professional trained in how to recognize, diagnose and put together a concussion management plan.
- Neck pain or tenderness
- Double vision
- Weakness or tingling in arms or legs
- Severe or increasing headache
- Seizure or convulsion
- Loss of consciousness (knocked out)
- Deteriorating conscious state
- Vomiting more than once
- Increasingly restless, agitated, or combative
- Growing confusion
General recommendations for concussion recovery include a period of rest, followed by a gradual return to activity under the supervision of a trained medical professional, such as the ones at BacknMotion.
Caring for a concussion can involve a variety of treatments and a team of health professionals, depending on the symptoms and how a person’s condition improves.
*PLEASE NOTE CONCUSSION HEALING TIMES WILL VARY AMONG ALL INDIVIDUALS*
Everyone is not the same, so symptoms of a concussion can usually last up to four weeks but may last longer. In some cases, it can take weeks, months, or in some cases years to heal. If a person has had a concussion before, it may take them longer to heal the next time.
It is vitally important to get checked out as soon as possible. There are cases where symptoms are not obvious immediately after a possible concussive incident. Close monitoring is important.
In all cases, it is important to be checked out immediately. Left unchecked can be very serious to you’re overall well-being.
The management of a concussion will depend upon the severity of the displayed and experienced condition of the patient.