According to the Sports Concussion Institute, 53% of high school students who play contact sports have sustained a concussion and 36% of collegiate athletes have had multiple concussions. Concussions are serious brain injuries and once obtained, need to be treated immediately.
A blow to the head or a whipping of the neck can cause a concussion. When the head is hit or the neck is whipped around violently, the brain which normally floats in protective cerebral fluid, slams against the insides of the skull, causing damage to the organ. Emergency care is always recommended after a blow to the head or after a concussion is obtained.
Some immediate symptoms of a concussion are headaches, loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, vomiting, and slurred speech. However, some symptoms do not appear until hours after the injury. Delayed symptoms can include concentration or memory complaints, personality changes, irritability, sleep disturbances, and sensitivity to light. If an athlete is suspected of sustaining an injury to the head, it is advised that he or she not return to the playing field until evaluated by a medical professional.
In the long term, after it is established that there is no immediate harm to the athlete, there are some great therapy techniques for recovering from a concussion. One common complaint after a concussion is neck pain. If you have had a concussion, but still experience neck pain, it is wise to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors, like Dr. Owen in Salem, OR, are licensed medical professionals that specialize in joints, proper alignment, and pain management.
When the head is thrown around or suffers a direct blow, vertebrae in the neck and the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons of the neck might be damaged as well. Dr. Owen will evaluate your symptoms and history, and after thorough examination, he will treat you to reduce your pain and increase mobility. Dr. Owen understands that each of his patients are unique, so each treatment plan will look different. Therapy techniques that chiropractors rely on include manual manipulation of the joints to restore proper alignment, ultrasound, massage, and many other medicine-free approaches.
For males, football is the most common sport for concussions as there is a 75% chance of getting a concussion in this sport. For females, the most common sport for concussions is soccer with a 50% risk. It is estimated, however, that 47% of athletes will not notice any symptoms of receiving a concussion after a blow to the head. If you’re an athlete and suspect that you’ve sustained a concussion, seek medical attention and see Dr. Owen for continued care and therapy.
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