Treating and Recovering from a Concussion in Marysville
Concussions occur when you impact your head. The brain whips around or hits the skull, leading to bruising, bleeding and swelling. There's a risk of permanent injury in some cases, but for most people, immediate care can prevent long-term effects. Here's what you need to know about how chiropractic care can help you.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a kind of brain injury that is typically caused by an impact to the head. It can happen almost anywhere, such as a slip and fall accident or during an auto accident. Even a mild concussion can cause symptoms that make it hard to live your life normally, which is why they require immediate medical attention to begin treating this injury.
How Long Does It Take For Symptoms To Appear?
Immediately after a concussion, you will typically feel the symptoms of head trauma. For some people, if the concussion is severe, they may lose consciousness. You may develop neck or upper back pain, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, blurred vision, mental fogginess and headaches within the first 24 to 48 hours of the concussion. Not all symptoms manifest immediately, and further pain may present itself.
How Do You Treat a Concussion?
Treating a concussion starts with managing the inflammation. It's a good idea for anyone who has suffered a concussion to obtain emergency medical care. From that point, we at Health First Family Chiropractic Marysville offer the Blair Upper Cervical Technique, which addresses the damage caused to the spinal column and neck.
In the first 7 to 10 days following a concussion, you should make sure you see specialists who handle concussions, including our office. We can help you manage your upper cervical chiropractic care, so you can avoid neck and spinal problems moving forward.
On the first four days following your injury, rest is of the utmost importance. Getting sleep helps your body and brain recover. Do not read, use your computer, drive or do homework during this time. Working out or staying active in sports is also off-limits during recovery.
After the first four days, you can follow up with your chiropractor to discuss re-evaluation and further treatment options. Chiropractic treatment focuses on adjusting your neck, which may have suffered damage and be misaligned from the impact to your head. Correcting the spinal misalignments helps your body make repairs more efficiently. You may also be given exercises to help your healing along.
Contact Health First Chiropractic in Marysville
Concussions are a serious matter and should be treated immediately after they occur. Our upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Clarke has the experience and tools to treat your neck and back pain. Call us today at 360-602-7559 to schedule a consultation!