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What's the Big Deal About Concussion?

 

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The big deal is that a concussion is a change in mental status following a blow to the head.  The effects are cumulative and can lead to serious long term problems like depression and cognitive (thinking) decline.  Surprisingly, it is not so much the physical blow that causes damage but the biomechanical changes that are triggered within the brain cells.  There is no such thing as a tough brain!  Concussion facts:

 

  1. Most common symptoms are headache, dizziness, vision difficulties, and poor coordination.
  2. A simple concussion lasts 24 hours and a complex (second degree) concussion involves a momentary loss of consciousness and has lasting symptoms.
  3. A whiplash injury means you’ve had a concussion until proven otherwise.
  4. Eye movement dysfunction is present in 62% of whiplash injuries and must be addressed for recovery to occur.
  5. Only 20% of concussions happen in sports, the rest occur with car accidents and other trauma.
  6. Concussion is strongly linked to depression.
  7. There are simple screening tests that can be administered to ascertain if a concussion has taken place.  We use the King-Devick test.

 

An active approach is now recommended for concussion recovery.  Simple rest is only indicated in certain circumstances.  Eye movements, spinal function, and balance recovery all need to be properly addressed for complete efficient recovery.

 

Ask about having a baseline King-Devick test performed.

 

Have you had a concussion?

 

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