A concussion can occur when you have suffered a severe blow to your head. It can also happen if you are shaken violently. These types of injuries can cause your brain to slide back and forth, forcefully against your skull, which causes damage to your brain. The symptoms associated with a concussion can be severe, and the professionals at City Chiropractic can help treat them.
What Are the Common Causes Of Concussion?
There are several ways that a concussion can occur. The most common causes of this type of injury include:
- Auto accident injury
- Sports injury
- Slip and fall accident
- Violent assault
What Are the Symptoms Of a Concussion?
A concussion can cause a variety of symptoms. The more severe the head trauma, the worse the symptoms will be. These include:
- Headaches or pressure in the head
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Feeling like you are in a fog
- Dizziness, seeing stars, or both
- Ringing in the ears
- Inability to remember the event that caused the concussion
- Slurred speech
- Delayed response to questions
- Feeling dazed
- Extreme fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting
How Are Concussions Diagnosed?
If you have suffered a head injury, you should seek medical help immediately. During the exam, your doctor will perform a complete evaluation. First, they will perform a neurological exam where they will test your vision, hearing, coordination, balance, reflexes, and strength.
A cognitive exam will also be performed where your doctor will assess your memory, ability to concentrate, and your ability to recall information.
Your doctor will likely order a CT scan, or an MRI would be used to check for swelling and bleeding in the brain.
Finally, if you have suffered a head injury, you may need to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. This is important to make sure that your symptoms don't get worse.
How Are Concussions Treated?
Immediately after the concussion, your doctor will suggest that you rest. Resting your mind and body is the best way to begin to heal. You should avoid all strenuous activity and limit your screen time. You should also schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. In many cases, the blow to your head or being violently shaken can impact your cervical spine. If this happens, it will take much longer for your concussion symptoms to subside. A cervical spine adjustment will increase blood flow to your brain, which will speed up the healing process. It will also treat any neck pain that you might be feeling.
If you have suffered a head injury, schedule an appointment with City Chiropractic in Portland. Our chiropractor can treat the symptoms of your concussion, including the headaches and migraines. We can also speed up the healing process. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.