START THE WEEK OFF RIGHT: How to spot signs of concussion, whiplash in kids – Quad-Cities Online

18October 2020

In the U.S. alone, emergency rooms see approximately 180,000 sports-related concussion patients each year with the total price quote of sports-related concussions between 1.6 to 3.8 million. A lot more go unreported, or worse yet, not even recognized.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain functions. A concussion can take place when a traumatic bump, blow, or jolt to the head or to the body results in a quick whipping movement of the head. The injured individual does not have to lose consciousness for a concussion to take place. If your child has had such a blow to the head or body, she or he need to be kept track of for any change in habits, believing, or physical efficiency and assessed by a health care company. The majority of people who've had a concussion will experience a fast and full recovery. For others, the signs and symptoms of a concussion may last for days, weeks or longer.

Some typical indications to look for if you presume a concussion are appearing dazed, confused or stunned; forgetting instructions; moving awkwardly; responding to questions slowly; any loss of awareness; having state of mind and/or habits changes; and having problem keeping in mind occasions prior to or after the injury. An individual with a concussion might experience having a headache or “pressure” in his or her head, be sick or have vomiting, have balance problems or suffer dizziness, have blurred or double vision or might be sensitive to light or sound. He or she may likewise feel slow or groggy and have memory problems.

What can chiropractic do?

As discussed above, a concussion may take place when there is a traumatic blow to the head, neck or body. This traumatic blow can cause a whiplash-type of injury to the neck. Whiplash is a typical term for a sprain/strain injury or tearing to the muscles, tendons and ligaments (described as ‘soft tissue') of the neck. This type of injury is likewise likely to trigger a loss of regular function in the spine. If not effectively examined and dealt with, these injuries can have long-lasting effects.

There are a variety of chiropractic approaches. Some chiropractic strategies focus on treatment of the cervical spine and use a particular analytical approach to the evaluation and care of the neck. The chiropractic specialist will use assessments to examine not only the soft tissue of the neck, but likewise the positioning of the spine and function of the nervous system. Sometimes, X-rays are needed to rule out more serious injury and evaluate potential structural changes that might affect care. This examination allows the chiropractic practitioner to guide the back modification, along with reduce the force used to a minimum.

When a traumatic injury occurs to your professional athlete or child, not just is it essential to have them assessed and treated by a health care expert trained in concussion management, however likewise one who is trained in the care of the cervical spine, such as a chiropractic practitioner.

Palmer Chiropractic Clinics delivers more than 75,000 patient sees in the Quad Cities every year. Learn more at


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