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Chiropractor's Role in Concussion Management

Benefits of chiropractors in Concussion Care

Concussion Treatment in Omaha

Concussion Treatment in Omaha

1. Immediate care – chiropractors can be on the sidelines to make removal from activity decisions and refer for further evaluation

2. Differential diagnosis – chiropractors can determine which symptoms are related to concussion and which are related to another condition such as a whiplash associated disorder.

3. Concussion rehab – Chiropractors may be involved in many areas of concussion rehab including neuromusculoskeletal rehab, cervical rehab, sport-specific rehab, vestibular therapy, and vision therapy.

What happens after a concussion?

First and foremost, you do not need to lose consciousness in order for the injury to be classified as a concussion.

In order for a concussion to occur, there has to be shearing forces of the axons of the neurons in the brain which are the long connecting arms of the neurons.  When these get overstretched there is an impairment of how the information is processed.  In a clinical sense this means there can be some short term memory loss, headaches and balance problems, to name a few.

While some people do fall out of consciousness, many individuals who experience a concussion will not. Other symptoms of concussion to look out for include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Passing out
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Slurred speech

There are also emergency symptoms to be on the lookout for. If there is a rapid onset of any of the following symptoms, contact the emergency room immediately. These include:

  • Worsening headaches
  • Seizures
  • Focal neurologic signs
  • Inability to be awakened
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Increasing confusion
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Neck pain
  • Unusual behavior change
  • Change in consciousness

How We Can Help

If you are worried you may have suffered from a concussion, then Green Chiropractic is here to help. We are one of Omaha’s leading chiropractic clinics for sports injuries and see a lot of concussions come through our doors.

We begin by gathering a history of the injury from the patient, and test for different cognitive functions including concentration, changes in emotion and difficulty sleeping since the trauma occurred. We are up to date on all current concussion diagnosis protocols and will not only help diagnose the injury but help you understand the severity of your concussions and the necessary step to recovery, so you can get back in the game or back to life as normal.

While we hope we never have to see our patients for an injury as severe as a concussion, we want you to be prepared should you ever be faced with this type of injury. If you are worried you may have suffered from a concussion, make sure to schedule an appointment with us right away. You can book an appointment online or call us at 402-933-5392.

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