A concussion is a form of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) which is caused due to a jolt, blow, or bump on the head or anywhere else on the body which causes the brain and head to rapidly move back and forth. These sudden movements results in the brain twisting or bouncing around in the skull which creates changes in the chemical compositions. In some cases, this can even damage and/or stretch the brain cells. Even though, concussions are typically referred as mild brain injuries and are not life threatening, the concussions’ effects could be grave.
Concussions are common in sports like football but they can also happen due to any form of activity which leads to rapid deceleration or acceleration of the body or head. They create a disruption in the nerves functioning which further results in an imbalance of bio chemicals inside the brain cells. These can also decrease the flow of blood and cause temporary energy deficits. In case of a concussion, it is highly recommended that the individual immediately stops the activity he/she is doing and consults a specialist.
The concussion symptoms can vary as per the injured person, as well as the severity of the injury. It is a normal belief that a concussion always leads to unconsciousness. However, this is not true. Some people experience unconsciousness while others don’t. It is essential to properly understand all the symptoms of a concussion in case you or someone else around you is experiencing one. The sooner you call for help the better.
Some major signs and symptoms are as follows:
- Slow reaction
- Balancing issues
- Noise or light sensitivity
- Vomiting or nausea
- Blurred or double vision
- Sluggishness or Drowsiness
- Memory issues
These symptoms may or may not appear instantly, they might start developing after hours or even days after your injury.
Concussion Assessments and Treatment
The treatment for concussion typically starts with a consultation with a specialist. They determine what caused the injury, what the patient felt that instant and how the patient is feeling at the moment. Moreover, the symptoms of concussion are also discussed.
The specialist gets as much information they need in order to create the most appropriate treatment plan as per the needs and requirement of the patient.
The assessment includes assessing the cognitive changes that may have occurred after the concussion like memory problems or distractibility. After that a psychological assessment is also conducted to determine if there is any co-occurrence of typical conditions that occur after a concussion like irritability, anxiety, or depression.
Once the initial assessment has been done, the therapist starts the treatment plan which has been especially designed to cater the symptoms and severity of concussion in the patient.
Therapy Spot provides tailored treatment for the patients who have experienced a concussion. The therapists provide rehabilitation therapies in order to help the patient in getting better.