Heads Up! What Is A Concussion? by Patrick Perta, D.C.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head. Athletes and individuals who have experienced a head injury do not need to have loss of consciousness to be diagnosed with a concussion. In fact 90% of those diagnosed with concussion did not report loss of consciousness.
Approximately 80-90% of concussions will resolve in 7-10 days, however is should be noted that children and adolescents might experience longer recovery times.
What are the 5 most commonly reported symptoms of a concussion?
- Dizziness / unsteadiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Confusion / disorientation
- Visual disturbance / sensitivity to light
How can Holland Landing Chiropractic and Health Centre help?
In the case of an athletic head injury, we will offer guidance on an appropriate return to play schedule. Return to play requires: a progressive exercise program, complete absence of symptoms, and continuing evaluation for recurring signs or symptoms. Symptoms such as neck pain and headaches will be assessed and treated conservatively.
Finally, a SCAT3 will be administered to assess the severity of a head injury and help guide return to play. The SCAT3 (Sport Concussion Assessment Tool) measures an individual’s memory, concentration, orientation, balance and coordination and is most useful when a measurement has been taken at baseline for comparison. Baseline SCAT3 testing is available in our clinic at any time for athletes who are 5 years of age and up.