Recently, an enormous amount of attention has been given to the long-term effects caused by a concussion. Despite the fact that the understanding and awareness as to the severity of this traumatic brain injury (TBI) has greatly improved, concussions are commonly disregarded, undiagnosed and/or under-treated.
Unlike an external injury that is easily seen, a concussion is an internal brain injury; therefore, without the use of diagnostic imaging, the concussion itself is invisible. However, symptoms can be helpful in diagnosing a concussion when diagnostic imaging is not readily available.
Symptoms of a Concussion
The symptoms experienced by one individual with a concussion can vary greatly from the symptoms of another.
A concussion can cause an individual to experience physical, mental and emotional complications, some of which may include:
- ‘seeing stars’/dizziness;
- a temporary loss of consciousness;
- amnesia (related to the event that caused the TBI);
- nausea and/or vomiting;
- ringing in the ears;
- a delay in responding to questions;
- looking confused/dazed;
- slurred speech; and
Following the injury, some symptoms can occur immediately or their onset can be delayed for several hours, or even days.
These symptoms include:
- sensitivity to noise and light;
- personality changes, such as irritability;
- difficulty sleeping/sleep disturbances;
- memory/concentration issues;
- changes in smell and taste; as well as
- depression/psychological adjustment issues.
Common TBI Symptoms in Children
Nonverbal clues that a child may have a concussion, include:
- excessive crying;
- confusion/a dazed appearance;
- tiring easily/listlessness;
- an unsteadiness/loss of balance;
- changes in eating or sleeping patterns; and/or
- loss of interest in toys.
Chemical Changes Increase the Demand for Energy
Following any injury, chemical changes (inflammation) occur: This leads to an increased demand for energy to begin the healing process.
Recovery will differ from one individual to the next. A broken bone can be placed in a cast to heal; however, the brain is working 24-hours a day, which makes achieving adequate healing a challenge. Properly diagnosing and caring for a TBI is necessary to identify the activities that are safe for an individual to perform, so as to minimize severe, long-term neurological and/or cognitive symptoms.
At Max Effort, we provide each client with the individualized care they deserve. We tailor each treatment session to meet his or her specific needs to achieve optimal results.
Our post-concussion care includes:
- evaluation and treatment of neck and/or head injuries;
- a baseline test – Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT);
- ImPACT Testing;
- manual treatment for headaches (cervicogenic symptoms);
- retraining (both coordination and functional);
- vestibular evaluation/therapy; as well as
- a return to activity exertional protocol.
If you would like to learn more about the services we offer, please contact our office today at 631-416-6926