Concussion Management: The Invisible Injury

Preventing injury is of the utmost importance to every person. Whether it’s wearing knee pads during a hockey game or using a walking stick to navigate an icy sidewalk, we all take different safety precautions depending on the activity. However, there is one part of the body we need to protect at all costs: the head.

Helmets, hardhats and other protective headgear are made to insulate our heads during activities where they might sustain a hit. Whether you are playing a game of hockey, riding a bike or working at a construction site, protecting your head should always be of the utmost priority.

It is vital to get your head checked out if you have suffered a blow — especially if you were not wearing any protective headgear. There is a good chance you may have suffered a concussion, even if you insist that you feel fine. As you will soon find out, this type of head injury can be very dangerous if not promptly treated.

What is a concussion?

Quite simply, a concussion is the trauma inflicted upon your brain after it hits the inside of your skull. A concussion is caused by a particularly violent blow to the head, sustained as the result of a fall or during a sporting event.

While a concussion is usually treatable and non-fatal, it’s important to be aware of the signs of a concussion so you can seek treatment immediately.

Concussion symptoms

Even if your head injury only results in a bump or cut, a concussion could still be present as it is an internal injury. Bleeding on or around the brain is the typical culprit — and while you might not be able to see this bleeding, you will soon feel the effects.

The most common concussion symptoms are headache, nausea, blurry vision, and dizziness. Loss of consciousness does not always happen, but you may feel confused or suffer momentary amnesia. This will cause you to forget the actual blow to your head and will contribute to the feeling that you’re in a fog.

As such, it’s highly important to look for and notice these signs — as they may not occur immediately but can last for weeks or longer.

Treating a concussion

If you suspect that you may have a concussion, it’s important to get yourself to a doctor as soon as possible to know if you should begin concussion treatment. Your doctor will perform several cognitive, imaging and neurological exams to make the final determination. If you do indeed have a concussion, treatment will typically consist of both physical and mental rest.

While this does not seem like an overly aggressive treatment method for a dangerous injury, it is the best course of action. Resting your mind, avoiding visual stimuli and limiting physical activities for a few weeks is the most effective way to help your brain heal.

You should return to normal activity slowly and only under your doctor’s orders. Eventually, all of your symptoms should be gone and your concussion will have healed.

Schedule an appointment today

In conjunction with physical and mental rest, scheduling regular appointments with a physiotherapist will help you recover stronger and prevent future concussions. Our physiotherapists at Total Health & Sports Performance are ready to do just that!

Schedule an appointment with one of our certified physiotherapists, who will work with you to relieve any headaches and muscle soreness and teach you strengthening exercises to prevent falls or head injuries from occurring in the future.

Give us a call at 905-487-4488, or visit our website to fill out our contact form and make an appointment!