Concussion and osteopathy
A brain concussion is a sudden and quickly resolving trauma of the brain’s function, secondary to a traumatic brain injury or all impact on the body, transmitting significantly slowed response to the brain. A concussion is a serious event, but you can recover fully from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate.
Each case of brain concussion is unique. With a direct impact, we must examine the surface of contact and the long-distance repercussions throughout the whole body. Progress will be seen when a certain number of mechanisms are returned to normal function and they begin to interact together once more.
The goal of this article is to underline the importance of remaining aware of the constraints that are necessary in the case of a brain concussion. It’s a common occurrence and must be taken seriously! Consulting the neurologist and the osteopath will allow you to find out more about your condition, to allow yourself the best possible treatment and to protect yourself in the future.
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss / amnesia
- Seizure or convulsion
- Pressure in head
- Neck pain
- Blurred vision
- Balance problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Feeling slowed down, or ‘in a fog’
- ‘Don’t feel right’
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering
- Fatigue, low energy, drowsiness
- Trouble falling asleep
- More emotional
- Nervous or anxious
It is mandatory to consult a neurologist or a neurosurgeon. He/she will conduct a comprehensive physical examination and neurocognitive tests in order to determine the effects of the trauma on the brain.
It is important to establish a personalized plan of attack so the patient can progressively return to his/her usual activities.
There will be steps to be followed before returning to any sports activity. The first, and most important is complete physical and mental rest for the 48 hours following the injury. The player might still present many symptoms, such as those detailed above.