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Concussion

understanding Concussion

A concussion is a very common type of traumatic brain injury caused from an impact to the head or whiplash type injury. “Concussions in athletes are extremely common. In fact, about 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the U.S. from sports-related injuries. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sports season.” Thankfully, most concussions are not life-threatening.

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Common causes include:

“Concussions can be caused by direct trauma to the head, such as from falling, getting hit, or being in an accident. They can also occur as a result of rapid acceleration-deceleration of the head, such as in whiplash injuries or blast injuries, like in a war zone.”- (AANS.org)

High-risk sports include:

  • Baseball and softball (when batting)
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Horseback riding
  • Powered recreational vehicles
  • Skateboards/scooters
  • Skiing
  • Wrestling
  • Martial arts
  • Pole vaulting
  • Soccer

Common Concussion SYmptoms

The signs of a concussion, according to the NCAA, are as follows:

  • Amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Balance problems
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Nausea
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Feeling unusually irritable

What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

“Post-Concussion Syndrome, or PCS, is the persistence of concussion symptoms beyond the normal course of recovery. The majority of concussion symptoms will resolve within about two weeks.” (ConcussionFoundation.org)

Researchers estimate that 10% of high school athletes will experience PCS.

Symptoms of PCS are grouped into four categories:

  1. Somatic
  2. Sleep
  3. Cognitive
  4. Behavioral
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effective treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome

Treatment Options:

In addition to medical treatment ranging from high-tech brain scans and in-depth doctor evaluations, physical therapy, vestibular rehab, and vision training can also be extremely beneficial. Craniosacral Therapy is another complementary treatment for PCS. (ConcussionAlliance.org)

Craniosacral therapy, or cranial manipulation, is a light touch technique that is used to balance the connective tissue and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. One of the main goals with CST is to increase circulation, improve lymphatic drainage, establish myofascial continuity, and lower the stressed state of the nervous system. These can have a powerful effect on the patient suffering from PCS who hasn’t felt like their normal self since the injury.

Tyler at Prescription Bodywork specializes in assessing and treating symptoms related to PCS including headaches, muscle tension and pain, sleep disturbances, and recovery deficits. We offer manual therapy strategies that will enhance other therapies like acupuncture and physical therapy.

If you’re still experiencing concussion symptoms after 3-4 weeks, it’s time to seek multidisciplinary care. Click book now to schedule a free consultation or a bodywork session.