Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain functions. A concussion can occur when a traumatic bump, blow, or jolt to the head or to the body results in rapid whipping movement of the head. The injured person does not have to lose consciousness for a concussion to occur. If your child or athlete has had such a blow to the head or body, he or she should be monitored for any change in behavior, thinking, or physical performance and evaluated by a professional health care provider trained in concussion care. Most people who have had a concussion will experience a quick and full recovery. For others, however, the signs and symptoms of a concussion may last for days, weeks or longer. Some common signs to watch for if you suspect a concussion may have occurred are: appearing dazed, confused or stunned; forgetting instructions; moving clumsily; answering questions slowly; any loss of consciousness; having mood and/or behavior changes; and having trouble remembering events prior to or after the injury.

A person with a concussion may complain of having a headache or “pressure” in his or her head, be nauseous or have vomiting, have balance problems or complain of dizziness, have blurred or double vision or may be sensitive to light or noise. He or she may also feel sluggish or groggy and have memory problems. If your child or athlete has received a suspected or actual concussion, they should be removed them from play immediately. Even if you are unsure, the safety of the child is paramount. As soon as possible, have your child evaluated by a health care professional trained in the care of concussions. Do not make the mistake of evaluating the severity of this brain trauma yourself. Health care professionals have a number of options they can use to evaluate the severity of concussions. Find out more at your local Chandler chiropractic office.

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