Concussion Symptoms and Treatment
So you might have a concussion... what now? Whether you've prepared for the season with a baseline test or a hit to the head came out of nowhere, it can be scary when health professionals start talking about a potential concussion. Don't let the unknown halt your life! Get informed today.
How can you tell if you have a concussion?
Unfortunately, concussions are not well understood and they can often be difficult to diagnose properly. You may notice mild symptoms, or it may be completely obvious that a concussion has occurred, but either way, assessing and tracking brain function helps you to recover to the best of your ability. Have any of these concussion symptoms started to affect your life?
- blurred vision
- brain fog
Before you jump right to CONCUSSION... there are many symptoms of neck injury and concussion that mimic each other. Objective post concussion testing allows your health care team to truly evaluate a variety of aspects of both head and neck function after a concussion.
Concussions have caused injury to the brain and nervous system. Concussions are actually a compound injury. It takes an average of 95 gs of force to sustain a concussion, but takes as little as 5 gs of force to cause a neck injury. It has been shown that athletes are more susceptible to a second concussion if they have not recovered well from a prior injury. This proceeding concussion can cause much more damage since the body is not functioning in an optimal manner to begin with.
So what can you do?
Monitoring improvement using objective tests that measure multiple areas of brain function allow healthcare professionals to track recovery to make sure that you are able to function at your best - both mentally and physically - after a concussion.
How can you help yourself heal?
Once a concussion is diagnosed, healthcare professionals still need to look at each case individually to determine the best way to manage it. Not only may there be compound injuries, but each person heals at a different pace and in a different way. It has been shown that minimizing concussion symptoms by resting allows the damage to the brain and nerves to heal well.
How long will it take to heal?
There is no set amount of time, and no possible way for any doctor to tell you exactly how long it will take for you to recover. Many people even continue to have symptoms after the concussion recovery period, which is then considered post-concussion syndrome. Repeating your post-concussion test allows your doctors to better understand your healing process to track your recovery.
How can Vital help?
Since we know concussions are complex but essential to understand, we utilize the newest technologies to assess key areas of brain function. This allows a much more comprehensive look at both the initial injury and the recovery process to help your healthcare team get you back on track as quickly and safely as possible.
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If you have experienced a potential concussion, contact our office to schedule your post concussion assessment today. We’ll provide you with a report to share with your healthcare team to give you the peace of mind you deserve!