Sustaining injuries throughout one’s life is inevitable. Most of these injuries are mild and without repercussions, which means they don’t truly affect our well-being. However, there are more traumatic and severe injuries we should be wary of and try to prevent as much as possible.
These injuries can result in a range of serious and enduring health issues and can be quite dangerous even in the long term.
Concussions, for instance, are quite common, especially among children or people practicing contact sports such as football. Although concussions are considered to be ‘mild’ injuries, it’s important to be able to recognize serious concussion symptoms and make sure none of them go unnoticed. Untreated concussions can result in terrible lasting effects that prevent those who have them from living their most normal lives.
Concussions might seem like a small deal, especially when almost two million people get them every year, but it’s important to recognize when a concussion stops being something you can shrug off.
Let’s dive deeper into what concussions are, their most common causes, and any short-term and long-term effects.
What Is a Concussion and What Causes It?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury or TBI, usually mild, that affects brain function. It occurs due to a traumatic event such as a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head following an impact. The brain shifts and bounces against the skull, leading to a series of chemical and metabolic changes inside the brain, disturbing proper brain functioning.
Such brain injuries can cause a wide range of concussion symptoms, both mild and severe, and could last weeks or even months. More severe concussions can cause serious brain damage.
The most common causes of concussions are falls, car accidents, and sports injuries. Children, adolescents, and athletes are among the people who are most vulnerable to concussions.
Short-Term & Long-Term Effects
Concussions can have both short-term and long-term effects. The effects may differ according to the type of concussion, the severity of the injury, parts of the brain affected, and any underlying medical conditions.
Short-term effects include the following:
• Brain fog
• Temporary loss of consciousness
• Vomiting and nausea
• Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
• Delayed response to stimulus
Including the above, long-term effects can also include:
• Psychological problems (depression, anxiety, constant stress)
• A decline in cognitive function (mental abilities)
• Personality changes
• Noise or light irritation
• Disorders of smell and taste
How Physiotherapy Can Help You Avoid These
Physiotherapy can help when the neck or spine gets injured concurrently with a concussion. The physiotherapist will assess the concussion symptoms and damage and will come up with a concussion treatment plan. The treatment usually involves manual therapy to release pressure in the joints, myofascial release for better mobility, a set of exercises to strengthen the neck or spine muscles, different types of training and maneuvers to treat vestibular, visual, and exertion issues.
Now that you know why concussions shouldn’t be ignored and how physiotherapy can help you deal with its short- and long-term effects, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a physiotherapist when you start to notice symptoms of concussions.
Book an Appointment With a Physiotherapist Today
Integra Health Centre is one of the most respected boutique health clinics in the Financial District of Toronto, Ontario. With vast baggage of knowledge and medical know-how, our team of healthcare professionals covers a wide range of medical needs from rehabilitation, wellness to lab services and cosmetics.
If you have any of the concussion symptoms above or if you would like to get a concussion treatment and sign up for our physiotherapy services, we highly encourage you to book an appointment with Integra Health specialists here or give a call at the following number (416) 777-9355.