Chiropractic Care and Concussion Management

Concussions need proper management
Concussions need proper management

Have you or someone you know suffered from a concussion or concussion like symptoms after trauma either directly or indirectly to the head?

  • Direct head trauma is any injury that involves the head being directly hit.

  • Indirect trauma can vary, such as whiplash from a car collision, severe vomitting, etc. It doesn’t involve direct contact with the head during the injury.

Concussion symptoms can vary but may include any of the following:

  • fatigue

  • dizziness

  • double vision

  • irritability

  • headaches

  • migraines

  • difficulty balancing

  • light/sound sensitivity

  • sleep disturbances

  • memory problems

These and other related symptoms do not always show up immediately after an injury, or suspected concussion. Loss of consciousness also doesn’t have to occur in order for it to be a “true” concussion. The number of symptoms experienced, history of previous head trauma and/or concussions, and other pre-existing health conditions will influence your recovery and progress during your case.

So how does chiropractic care come into play?

Chiropractic care is designed to address the skeletal, muscular and nerve related symptoms affecting your body and condition. As a result, chiropractic techniques, when combined with concussion management strategies, can positively support your recovery.

The first step in concussion management is assessment, in the clinic we will work with your medical doctor and other practitioners to thoroughly assess your condition and estimated recovery time. If you’re an athlete, this means we can support your return to play and ensure that you don’t relapse once back in play. If you’re not an athlete, we will work with you to teach you how you can modify your work and lifestyle to support your return to work and other activities. 

The second step is commitment to your appointments and home care recommendations. As some of the treatment sessions may leave you exhausted and slightly worse feeling, you have to report your response to these exercises and also pay attention to how quickly you improve. 

Regular follow up assessments are scheduled and referrals to other health care practitioners that may be required are included in your care program. Concussions are conditions that are unique to each individual and not one formula will be the same for everyone, which is why we use a combination of objective and subjective tests during assessments to monitor your progress. Nutrition plans and sleep hygiene is also addressed in our approach to your care to support the healing process during your case.

In the case of a motor vehicle collision, these assessments and treatments may be covered by your insurance plan, and these objective tests will help your adjuster see the progress you are making and validate your need for reimbursement. 

If you’re interested in learning more about our concussion management program or having an assessment for yourself and/or your team, please contact me at drsharma@drshrutisharma.com or at the clinic location closest to you (see the contact me page).

Dr. Shruti Sharma, DC

Certified Shift Concussion Provider

 

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