Have you ever hit your head REALLY HARD?
Blows to the head can come in many forms. Car accidents, sports collisions, trips and falls, hitting on door jams (usually for us tall folks), or even being struck by a falling object. Hopefully most of these are minor and do not cause any damage to brain floating in our heads. That is after all one of the many important jobs our skulls provide, protection. Whenever your head is struck, the energy and force of that blow is transferred from that object into your head, neck, and body. Causing minor and serious injuries.
Several things can occur when this happens; fractures, dislocation of vertebrae, spinal subluxations in the neck, headaches, sprains/strains, lumps, cuts, bruises, and the dreaded Concussion. A concussion occurs when the motion of the head is suddenly slowed or stopped, this causes the brain which was traveling at that same speed to slam into the inside of the skull cavity causing a bruise on the brain tissues. This commonly occurs during whiplash type injuries, car accidents, and contact sports such as football. This is why the development of better helmets in football has not lead to a decrease in the amount of concussions suffered. It is not the impact on the outside of the body that causes concussions, it is the impact on the inside of the body, which is much harder to prevent. Amongst the factors that should be assessed after a head injury is if there has also been any damage done to the spine. Fractures, dislocations, or spinal subluxations are likely going to be found to be present anytime there is an impact to the head.
Common, but not all symptoms of someone that has recently suffered a concussion are; loss of conciseness, head ache, nausea, difficulty remembering and reciting numbers and words, dizziness, and fatigue. Associated symptoms due to the impact suffered can be; superficial pain, neck pain, neck stiffness, bruising of one or both eyes. The long term effects of suffering a concussion aren’t fully known yet but can include; concentration and memory complaints irritability and other personality changes, sensitivity to light and noise, sleep disturbances, psychological adjustment problems and depression, and disorders of taste and smell. If you believe that you have suffered a concussion it is recommended to be examined by a qualified health care professional in your area. For an appointment today call (858)866-3345, Personalized Chiropractic.
At Personalized Chiropractic, we care about our clients’ health first and foremost. We focus on a holistic approach to wellness, helping our clients in the San Diego area to not simply treat symptoms, but rather to treat the root cause of their ailments. There are many options out there when deciding on yours and your family’s health care. Pacific Beach Chiropractor Dr. Ryan Curda would like to help you make an educated and informed decision. Call Personalized Chiropractic for any questions you may have regarding Chiropractic Care, your particular health concern, and the options available to you. Consultations are free, and Low Cost exams are available. (858) 866-3345.
-Dr. Ryan Curda
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