Concussions & chiropractic, Advice for Athletes

Concussions & chiropractic, Advice for Athletes

With school starting up again, many kids are looking forward to the return of fall sports. It’s a great way for kids to get exercise, and spend time with their friends doing something they love, but according to USA today, over 1.35 million kids a year sustain a sports injury that is severe enough to land them in the ER.

One of the most insidious of these injuries is a minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI), better known as a concussion—in fact, an estimated 50% of these types of injuries are never reported to a doctor at all.

These injuries can be especially common in contact sports like football, rugby, or lacrosse, but can also occur whenever someone (child or adult) falls or receives a blow. The impact not only injures the brain, but also the brain stem which is housed in the neck/upper spinal column.

What most people don’t know is that the usual philosophy of “wait and see” regarding MTBIs can be more damaging in the long run. Symptoms include: headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, loss of concentration and memory, insomnia, and can last anywhere from a week to over a year.

Not only can living with these symptoms interrupt daily life and ability to work, but having an untreated concussion makes you more likely to sustain additional concussions in the future.

This fall, don’t forget your safety equipment and if you suspect you or anyone you know has sustained an MTBI, please encourage them to get checked out by the Chiropractor on your healthcare team.

By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.