Every year, approximately 1.6-3.8 million people in the U.S. suffer from sports and recreation-related concussions. Considered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion symptoms vary in severity, running the range from slight headaches and memory loss to extreme vertigo and nausea. Other symptoms may include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Blurred vision
- Sudden mood swings
- Mild hearing loss
When left untreated, concussions can cause long-term cognitive impairment, making prompt, consistent treatment essential. As with any medical event, if you begin to experience concussion-like symptoms after a head injury, always seek immediate medical attention for a thorough physical examination and diagnosis to treat the condition.
You’ve Been Diagnosed With A Concussion – Now What?
If you’re suffering from a concussion, understanding a few tips that may help speed up recovery can help you get back to your normal activities as soon as possible. When healing from your head injury, try to:
Avoid Excessive Lights And Noises
Many people experience heightened sensitivity to bright lights and loud sounds after suffering a concussion. Try to limit exposure to only natural or dim lighting at home and avoid events with large crowds to give your body a buffer while your heal and recover.
Limit Screen Usage
While you may find it challenging to unplug when resting after a head injury, limiting your screen time can help expedite your recuperation. Phones, televisions, laptops, and e-tablets are all associated with bright lights and potential eyestrain that can prolong your concussion symptoms.
Preliminary research suggests that there may actually be a link between dehydration and an increased risk of concussion. Not hydrating well enough after your injury could potentially slow down the healing process and may also cause mild to severe headaches. Drinking enough water can minimize the physical discomfort caused by dehydration and help you to feel better faster.
Minimize Unnecessary Head And Neck Movements
Stabilizing your head and neck as much as possible is crucial when healing from a concussion. Always consult with your doctor to determine what type of activities are okay, and what should be avoided during the first few days, weeks, and months after your injury.
Make Rest A Priority
Finally, always make sure you give yourself enough time to rest and relax throughout your concussion recovery. Refrain from activities that will exhaust your healing brain and ensure you get enough sleep every night to give both your mind and body everything it needs to heal and mend.
Neurological chiropractic care can help patients speed up recovery after a concussion. Contact us today to hear more.