When you suffer a head injury from a car accident, playing sports, or other situations, you may have a concussion even if you don’t lose consciousness. Chad Mathey, DC, an expert chiropractor at Crown Medical Center in Huntsville, offers gentle chiropractic care and supportive therapies to help you heal after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI). To schedule an appointment for concussion treatment with Crown Medical Center, call the office nearest you or use the convenient online form.
Concussion Q & A
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when you experience a dramatic blow to the head. Whiplash — a short, jerking motion of your head — can cause a concussion. You can also get a concussion if someone shakes you violently or strikes you in the head, or if you’re in a car accident.
Can I have a concussion even if I didn’t lose consciousness?
You can have a TBI even if you never lose consciousness. If you’re in a car accident or injured playing sports, or suffer a blow to your head some other way, you should be evaluated for a potential concussion so you can get treatment right away.
How can I tell if I have a concussion?
A mild concussion may not have symptoms at all. Common symptoms that occur shortly after a concussion include:
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Neck pain
- Dizziness or seeing stars
- Nausea and vomiting
- Amnesia of the event or feeling confused
- Tinnitus (ear ringing)
- Delayed response or slurred speech
All severe head injuries should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.
How long does a concussion last?
The symptoms of most concussions only last for a few days. However, you may develop post-concussion syndrome, which is characterized by delayed symptoms, including:
- Personality changes
- Moodiness or depression
- Concentration and memory problems
- Sensitivity to light
- Changes in senses such as taste and smell
- Insomnia and sleep issues
- Trouble moving or balancing
If you experience any such changes in the days to months after a concussion, come to Crown Medical Center for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.
How does a chiropractor treat a concussion?
When your head is jerked violently or has suffered a blow, your cervical spine (neck) is injured, too. The force of the accident can throw your cervical discs out of alignment, causing them to press on nerves, impede healthy blood flow, and reduce essential drainage of cerebrospinal fluid.
Depending on your injuries, Dr. Mathey may use a special kind of chiropractic manipulation to gently ease your discs back into alignment. He may utilize advanced imaging techniques so that he can make precise, targeted adjustments. He may also use massage and other types of therapies to stimulate the flow of blood and lymph, and promote drainage of built-up cerebrospinal fluid.
If you had or think you may have had a concussion, contact Crown Medical Center today for evaluation and treatment. Use the online form or phone us for an appointment.