Concussions are synonymous with injuries during high contact sports like football or hockey but concussions can occur in numerous ways, also common in car accidents and during a slip and fall. Although we may not think of a concussion as very serious, our team at The Balanced Atlas in San Francisco is here to share some more information about concussions.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects how your brain functions, usually the effects are temporary. The cause is usually a blow to the head like in a car accident, slip and fall, and as a sports injury. It is when the brain is subject to sudden movement and causes the brain to bounce around inside the skull.

What to Watch Out For

The side effects of the injury can include problems with concentration, memory, balance, coordination, and headaches. Despite your eagerness to return to normal activities and sports. Tell your doctor if you experience any dizziness, vertigo, headaches and migraines, fatigue, sleepiness or sleeplessness, seizures, nausea, vomiting, has trouble recognizing places or people, memory or concentration problems, vision issues, weakness, numbness, decreased coordination, sensitivity to light, slurred speech, one pupil larger than the other, mood changes, irritability, anxiety or depression. These symptoms are indicators of an ongoing issue. You should not return to regular activities until participation does not cause or exacerbate symptoms.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

Often, a doctor of chiropractic (DC) provides care on the sideline of the sporting event, as a medical first responder. They also manage patients in their clinical practice who visit them for the alleviation of symptoms such as headaches or treatment of spinal misalignment which exacerbates the issue. The relaxation provided by massage therapy may also help alleviate issues of sleep disruption and fatigue caused by a concussion, recommends Dr. Allen Harrison of San Francisco, CA.

Your doctor will recommend sleep, bed rest and limited mental activity, too. This includes not watching television, using a computer, playing video games, or texting. These limitations are temporary and may only last a week or two. Depending on the severity of your injury and your history of concussions, you may need longer to recuperate. While it can be frustrating, allowing your mind and body to rest speeds the healing process. Trying to rush or force the healing process can cause serious, permanent injury.

If you attempt light physical activity and symptoms such as dizziness or a headache occur, stop the activity and rest.

See a Doctor as Soon as You Can If You Have Had a Concussion

If you have sustained a concussion, contact Dr. Allen Harrison in San Francisco, CA to learn how chiropractic treatment can help alleviate some symptoms. Let the staff at The Balanced Atlas take care of you.