If you’ve ever gone into the doctor for a suspected concussion, they may have sent you away with the treatment of resting in a dark room to improve your symptoms. However, gone are the days where rest is considered the best method for treating concussions, especially if symptoms persist longer than 2-4 weeks.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. It occurs when the brain bumps against the skull as a result of force and causes a temporary disruption in electrical activity within the brain. It is often the result of impact to the head, neck, or body. However, there doesn’t always need to be a hit to the head. Sometimes a sudden jolt or stopping your car suddenly can be enough.
Symptoms of a concussion:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Blurred vision
- Loss of balance
- Light sensitivity
- Mood swings
If a loss of consciousness or convulsion occurs, please seek immediate medical care. Even with less dangerous symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, and mood swings, medical examination is strongly encouraged.
Concussions can deplete energy stores within the brain shortly following trauma which causes the symptoms described above. Often the change in energy levels is temporary, and after proper management and rest, the brain should return to normal after 2-4 weeks.
Concussion symptoms and recovery time are unique to every person. Observation is crucial during recovery and rest is generally the cornerstone of care as many restrictions are placed on the patient for optimal recovery time.
However, sometimes symptoms do not resolve and additional treatment aside from rest and medication are required as communication pathways within the brain may need repair. The impact of your concussion can result in other conditions that share similar symptoms to your concussion such as blood flow abnormalities, mood swings, vision problems, and balance issues.
At our office, we conduct comprehensive exams to determine the root cause of your symptoms and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to get you back to the activities you enjoy. Certain therapies such as vision therapy, manual therapy, diet and nutrition advice, and guided exercise therapy can help patients to regain balance, focus, and stability.