A concussion is a brain injury that results from a severe blow to the head, and can be present with or without the loss of consciousness. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include confusion, headaches, memory loss, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue, sleepiness, and sensitivity to light. If you suspect you might have a concussion, it is important that you give the brain time to recover by getting lots of rest, restricting activity, reducing socialization, and seeking medical attention as soon as possible.
Causes of Concussions
Common causes of concussion include auto accident injuries, slips and falls, bike riding, and contact sports like football or ice hockey. There is no way to fully prevent accidents and injuries, so the best thing to do is take preventative measures to protect yourself while participating in potentially dangerous activities. This means always wearing your seatbelt while driving, always wearing protective headgear when playing contact sports, and always following safety tips and guidelines.
Treating Concussions with Chiropractic Care
When you work with the RxWellness Spine & Health chiropractic team, they will create a plan to heal the root cause of the problem. If you arrive with symptoms of a concussion, your recovery plan may include spinal decompression, manual manipulation, or something else entirely. Your RxWellness chiropractor may also recommend routine adjustments for a set period of time to manage symptoms and improve recovery. When you work with an RxWellness chiropractor, you will also have the opportunity to work a qualified massage therapist. The massage therapist will work on the muscles in the affected area to relieve any stiffness or tightness and improve flexibility. Together, your integrated medical team will administer a care plan to help you see the best results.
Treating Concussions with Regenerative Tissue Therapy
Regenerative medicine is a branch of treatment that prioritizes tissue replacement to symptom management. This means that instead of prescribing medication to relieve pain, the medical expert can speed up healing by introducing specialized cells to the injured area. You will have the opportunity to discuss your condition with our integrated medical team, and they can recommend the option best suited for your particular condition.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy is a natural and effective treatment for a variety of conditions, and because the process uses the body’s own cells there is a low chance of rejection or complications. When you are injured, the blood naturally clots to stop bleeding and the affected area is flooded with cells, like growth factors, that trigger an intense healing response. PRP therapy exposes the area to an even higher concentration of the growth factors that the body already produces to speed up recovery. This is done by extracting the patient’s blood, running it through the centrifugal process to isolate the growth factors, and then reinserting the concentrated dose into the injury site. This treatment is completely natural and is simply improving a healing process, which the body already does naturally. This treatment is ideal for conditions that would normally heal on their own, with the added benefit of a reduced timeline. The PRP process can be summed up in the following steps:
- Draw the patient’s blood.
- Spin the blood in a centrifuge.
- Separate components of the blood, and isolate the platelets.
- Reinsert the platelet-rich blood into the patient at the site of pain or injury.
Set Up Your Consultation
If you have sustained a severe blow to the head and suspect that you might have a concussion, or are experiencing symptoms like headache, dizziness, or sensitivity to light, then set up a consultation at RxWellness Spine & Health and work with our integrated medical team. We will guide you through your entire recovery process. If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation please give us a call at (703) 904-9666 or book a consultation online.
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