Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a regular topic in the news during football season. But TBI can occur with many sports including basketball and soccer, biking, use of trampolines, car accidents, and any injury that causes a hit to the head or significant push or jolt to the body. TBIs can occur with hard hits to the head and also with a less obvious impact.
Direct hits to the head are a major reason for traumatic brain injury. And they can also be caused by a substantial jolt to the body that causes the head to suddenly move forward and backward. This causes the brain to hit against the skull and become bruised and swell. If neck and back pain or whiplash is involved, a concussion may or may not be diagnosed. The individual may later have chronic health issues as a result.
Repetitive blows to the head like football tackles, the soccer ball bouncing off the head, bike racing falls or collisions, or general rough play can lead to what is termed Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). These often go undiagnosed, and repeated MTBIs can lead to altered brain and behavior function. Once an individual has sustained one brain injury, the risk of incurring future brain injuries increases.
Most people recover from the effects of a concussion within 7 to 10 days. However, about 15% of patients experience severe concussion symptoms beyond 30 days.
Concussion symptoms may include:
· Headache and migraine
· Vertigo or loss of balance
· Brain fog and difficulty with concentration
· Memory dysfunction
After experiencing a direct hit to the head or a hard jolt to the body that shakes the head, seek medical attention to determine if there are any broken bones or if hospitalization is required. Once cleared, an examination by an Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical chiropractic specialist is strongly recommended to check for spinal misalignment. Severe misalignment can occur with or without a concussion and when present in the neck, can hamper the brain and the central nervous system, setting in motion possible future pain and chronic illnesses.
For athletes and competitive sports enthusiasts, experts recommend pre-injury testing to provide a comparison after injuries. This data allows for better assessment of cognitive ability, balance, coordination, and brain function pre and post injury. Knowing when to safely return to normal activities and play is critical.
For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call 480-325-6977. The doctors at Foresight Chiropractic, the Valley’s premier Wellness Center, are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialists who have helped athletes to restore and optimize their health for over 21 years with very precise and gentle care. Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, Low Level Cold Laser and BEMER therapy are also available. Call for a free consultation today!