Concussions are serious injuries usually caused by a blow to the head that can cause damage to the brain and trauma to the head and neck region. Common symptoms include headaches, confusion, vomiting, balance and coordination issues, and memory loss. More serious concussions can even cause loss of consciousness. However, it is possible for a concussion to go undetected, and some symptoms can persist for days or even weeks. Most effects of concussions are temporary, but it is important to identify the symptoms and act accordingly.
Children and Concussions
Children are also susceptible to concussions and head trauma, but their cases are more difficult to diagnose as they often can’t describe how they feel. Parents, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s behavior after a fall, as they may be giving you clues to a concussion. If they are overly irritable or cranky, dazed, unsteady, tired, or lacking interest in their favorite toys, you should call your doctor. Anything larger than a small bump on the head should be examined by a professional. If your child is vomiting, has lost consciousness, or is struggling with speech after a head injury or fall, seek medical attention immediately.
What causes a concussion?
While the brain is cushioned by cerebrospinal fluid from everyday movements and bumps, it is not always safe from injury. More violent movements or blows to the head and neck region can cause the brain to move and press up against the walls of the skull and can delay or alter brain function. More serious injuries can even cause the brain to bleed, which results in symptoms of confusion and drowsiness. This can be fatal, so seeking medical attention is of the utmost importance when a concussion is detected. Common risk factors for concussions include playing contact sports, falling, accidents involving a collision, physical abuse, and a previous history of concussions.
What can I do to protect myself from head and neck injury?
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Always wear a helmet when playing high contact sports and when riding a bicycle, scooter, or motorized recreational vehicle. Make sure the helmet fits properly and isn’t damaged.
Always wear a seatbelt when riding in a car or on an airplane. Always follow the recommended safety precautions provided by the flight attendant when flying, and avoid standing in aisles when unnecessary.
Maintain a safe home. Falls are the number one cause of head injury, and often these happen at home. Make sure all walkways are free of anything that could be a tripping hazard and make sure any stairwells have proper safety hand railing. If you have children, make sure a safety gate is installed at the top and bottom of all staircases.
Exercise consistently to strengthen your muscles and improve balance.
Educate yourself and others about the signs and symptoms of head injuries so you can quickly and effectively identify them and seek medical help.
Here at Cripe Chiropractic, our well-trained staff is fully equipped to help with head and neck injury treatment. When the worst happens, we have your back… but also your head and neck!
Contact us today for more information about how you can better identify concussions caused by head and neck injuries.