FyzicalDunes: Concussions

NEWSLETTER THE

2019

CONCERNED ABOUT A CONCUSSION WHEN PLAYING?

INSIDE: • Risk Factors For A Delayed Recovery • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • What Should I Do If I Think I Have A Concussion?

Whether you have pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at today: • DAKOTA DUNES: (605) 217-4330 • CLIVE: (515) 985-7530

The general definition of concussion means the act of forcefully shaking or jarring. A sports concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a shaking or jarring of the brain. A sports concussion can occur with a bump, blow or jolt to the head or the body which causes the brain to move within the skull. This movement causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull or stretch which can result in a change in brain cell chemistry and structural injury from cell stretching. This damage can result in a variety of signs and symptoms depending on the portion of the brain involved during a sports concussion. Are Concussions Serious? Sports concussions are described as a “mild” traumatic brain injury because concussions are not usually life threatening. However, concussions are a brain injury and can lead to serious long-term consequences ifnotmanagedcorrectlybyaqualifiedhealthcareprofessional. What healthcare professionals manage and treat sports concussions? No single healthcare professional is able to fully manage a sports concussion due to themanydifferent issues related toaconcussion.Concussionmanagement is truly a team effort to help a patient return to his or her prior level of function.Membersof theconcussionmanagement teammay includeasports medicine physician, primary care physician, athletic trainer, teacher, school administrator, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech languagepathologist,psychologist,neuropsychology,neurologist, radiologist, orthopedic surgeon, ophthalmologist, ear nose & throat physician and other healthcare professions. How can I spot a possible concussion? Concussions are a fairly common injury, but many people are unaware of exactly what happens when one gets a concussion. This injury is a result of an impact, in which the brain collides with the inside of the skull. This can be caused by a harsh blow to the head

or any traumatic jolt to the body. Concussions can also be caused if a violent back-and-forth motion (such as whiplash) of the head takes place. When your head tosses in different directions rapidly (such as from a car crash or harsh football tackle), your brain gets tossed along inside it, bouncing off the bony enclosure of your skull. Concussions can result in a number of unfortunate symptoms, such as: • Painful and chronic headaches/migraines • Sensitivity to light and sound

• Ringing in the ears • Visual abnormalities • Slurring of speech • Memory loss and confusion • Nausea and vomiting • Inability to focus • Dizziness • Fatigue

Ifyouareexperiencinganyofthesesymptoms,youmayhaveaconcussion. What is the normal recovery time for a concussion? The normal recovery time from a concussion varies from person to person and past concussion recovery time does not predict future recovery time. The patient’s signs/symptoms and course of recovery depend upon the location of the mild brain injury and the severity of their injury. However, studies have shown that 80% of athletes recover from their concussion within threeweeks,but20%ofconcussedpatientsmay takemuch longer to recover. If you believe you may have a concussion, contact Fyzical today to find out how to gain relief today.

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