Concussion aka mild TBI (mTBI)

What were you told in the past about Concussions:

  • Concussions are a blow to the head with or without loss of consciousness--Untrue

  • They used to call it a "brain bruise" because they thought there was damage to the brain itself--Untrue

  • They used to say "Go Home and Rest, Cut off the lights and keep it Dark, no TV or Video games, No                exertion, No bright lights, No playing with friends or being in social situations"--Untrue

  • They used to say "Just deal with the symptoms for the rest of your life"--Untrue

  • They used to say if you had one concussion then you have a higher chance of getting another one, and                   another one, etc.--Untrue

Research shows that while you may experience another concussion in the future, it is not because you had a concussion in the first place but that you didn't fully recover from the first concussion. This creates a greater likelihood that you are more susceptible to getting another concussion.  This is why Readiness to Return is based on symptoms not time. If you go back too soon, you run the risk of being hurt again and possibly more seriously injured the next time. Does this sound familiar?

What is true about a concussion or mild TBI is that it's a functional injury not a structural one. There is no scientific evidence that structural injury to the brain occurs after a concussion itself. However, if you Return too soon and get hurt again, this can change. That's why it is very important to seek out the right kind of care immediately. 

 

A concussion results from biomechanical forces being exerted on the body (either acceleration or deceleration). You don't have to have a blow to the head to have a concussion/mTBI either. You can have a concussion with or without a whiplash but typically these DO go together. Looking at the injury as a whole, the physical and medical history before and after, diet and nutrition, sleep quality and quantity, stressors, emotional wellbeing, and physical and mental fitness are all important when recovering from concussion. Most other programs don't consider the whole picture or how the body needs to recover. Nothing in nature works in isolation. Our brain does not recover from TBI taking a symptom only approach.

 

Research has come a long way since I had my first concussion in 1990. I was in the military and in training at the time. During this training, I got kicked in the head and found myself at the bottom of an Olympic sized swimming pool. I was diagnosed with a concussion (called a closed head trauma back then) and sent to rest and take Ibuprofen (the cure all in the military). I remember feeling like I was going to pass out during early morning runs, had a hard time staying focused in class, and couldn't understand everything people said when they talked to me. These symptoms were not treated at the time by medical staff but I recovered on my own. Since then I've had four more concussions of varying intensities and I've rehabbed myself through all of them. 

Are you tired of being shuffled around and still NOT feeling like you have your life back yet? Let us Help! 

 

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