Canada. Our home and native land is one of the most beautiful countries in the world; full of crystal clear lakes, majestic mountain ranges and big skies. Unfortunately, every winter, it tries to murder us, by freezing us to death or throwing us to its icy ground. Winter is coming, and when our remarkably fragile heads make contact with frozen Canadian terra firma, it can often result in concussion.
Last week we looked at the symptoms and treatments for whiplash, and this week we’ll explore the oft-overlooked signs of concussion.
Concussion is the most common and least serious form of traumatic brain injury, when a jolt to the head causes movement of the brain within the skull, potentially creating bruising, and nerve and blood vessel damage. In severe cases, this can lead to bleeding in the brain, a potentially fatal condition that requires immediate medical (often surgical) intervention.
Concussions are graded as mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2), or severe (grade 3), depending on such factors as loss of consciousness, amnesia, and loss of equilibrium. In a grade 1 concussion, symptoms last for less than 15 minutes. There is no loss of consciousness. With a grade 2 concussion, there is no loss of consciousness but symptoms last longer than 15 minutes. In a grade 3 concussion, the person loses consciousness, sometimes just for a few seconds. (http://www.webmd.com/brain/concussion-traumatic-brain-injury-symptoms-causes-treatments?page=2)
Concussions can be difficult to diagnose, with symptoms ranging from headache and mild nausea to memory loss and personality changes. What makes concussion so difficult to diagnose is the inconsistent onset of symptoms. Sometimes concussion symptoms will appear immediately after the head trauma, while at other times the appearance of symptoms may be delayed for days or even weeks.
In the city of Brampton, Body Mend is the only wellness clinic certified to provide a concussion rehabilitation program. The Shift Concussion Management program gives healthcare practitioners a comprehensive strategy to diagnose and treat concussions, including:
- Concussion pathophysiology
- Neurocognitive and clinical assessment
- The role of vestibular and oculomotor screening in concussion
- Concussion rehabilitation strategies
- Physical exertion testing and return-to-play
If you fall and hit your head on the frozen Canadian ground this winter, or take a header into the boards during a hockey game, you should seek medical attention to make sure you don’t have a serious brain injury. If you are diagnosed with a concussion, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with our Shift Concussion Management-certified chiropractor Dr. Rashaad.
If you missed our posts on whiplash or the increased accident rate during the DST switch-over, you can read them here: