A frequent and serious side effect of high impact sport is the occurrence of concussion. With the recent publicity of concussion studies and the feverish debate in the NFL, notoriety and misinformation about the condition are at an all time high. Chiropractic is not the first choice consideration for an athlete who is suffering in the aftermath of a concussion, but there are reasons to consider our practice at American Canyon Chiropractor.
Our office is trained in the identification of mild brain injury and we have a wealth of experience in supporting the patient through rehabilitation. We would like to see athletes of any age return to the field of their choice confident that they have overcome the concussion and its associated symptoms.
To this end, we utilize the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (or SCAT2) to evaluate and asses concussions in athletes 10 years and older. Symptoms are great indicators that a brain injury may have been sustained. If you complain of any of the following symptoms, we recommend that you stop playing your sport immediately until a proper period of rest and rehabilitation is observed.
- Blurry vision
- Dilated Pupils
- Weakness or numbness in extremities
Our assessment is focused on monitoring your injury until we are fully satisfied that it is healed. Until this point, we advise the athlete not to return to play. Rest and proper attention to hydration and nutrition are the primary considerations.
A blow to the head usually involves damage to the spine.
If preexisting subluxation was not already present, there is likely a new misalignment because of the impact sustained by the head and neck. This can cause a great deal of pain that will make the aftermath of a concussion worse. Cervicogenic headaches are very common adjuncts where concussions are concerned. Our gentle, hands-on treatment is effective at treating these conditions.
Call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 if you or your child has suffered from a concussion.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.