Concussion Symptoms

A concussion is a type of mild to severe brain injury that can occur when the brain is shaken within the skull. This can happen due to a blow to the head, a fall, or even a sudden stop or change in direction. Concussions are often referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI), but they should never be taken lightly. If you or someone you know has experienced a head injury, many people still don't realize that seeing a chiropractor can be one of the smartest decisions you can make.

Diagnosing and Treating Concussions

Chiropractors can assess, diagnose, and manage concussion symptoms, helping you on the path to recovery. We understand that sometimes more care is needed, and we collaborate with other treatment providers such as physiotherapists, neurologists, family physicians, optometrists, and occupational therapists to ensure you receive comprehensive care.

Here at Whyte Avenue Chiropractic, when more support is needed, we are able to refer in-house to Dr. Kimberly Brodeur, who conducts neuropsychological services for concussion to ensure that the proper care is provided for each individual client. She applies a combination of concussion education, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation strategies to treat the concussion and prevent future injuries. Each client’s progress is closely monitored and individualized assistance is provided to help with low mood, high stress, symptom management, and return to work/school challenges.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

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How Chiropractors Diagnose and Treat Concussions

1. Evaluation

When you visit a chiropractor with suspected concussion symptoms, they will begin with a thorough evaluation. They will ask about the injury, its circumstances, and your symptoms.

2. Physical Examination

Chiropractors perform a physical examination to assess your overall health and pinpoint areas of concern related to the concussion. They may test your reflexes, balance, and coordination.

3. Neurological Assessment

A neurological assessment is crucial to understand how the concussion has affected your nervous system. Chiropractors will check sensory responses and assess any abnormalities.

4. Imaging Studies (if necessary)

In some cases, chiropractors may recommend imaging studies like X-rays or MRIs to rule out structural issues. This helps in determining the most appropriate treatment plan.

5. Diagnosis

Based on the evaluation and examination results, your chiropractor will provide a diagnosis. Chiropractors are skilled in identifying a wide range of health conditions, including concussions.

6. Individualized Treatment Plan

Your chiropractor will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Chiropractic care may include spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and exercises to improve balance and coordination.

7. Symptom Management

Concussion symptoms can be diverse and challenging. Chiropractors work with you to manage these symptoms effectively, such as addressing headaches, neck pain, and dizziness through various chiropractic techniques and therapies.

8. Rehabilitation

Recovery from a concussion often requires rehabilitation. Chiropractors guide you through exercises and programs to restore function and reduce the risk of future injuries.

Our comprehensive clinic is equipped to meet you exactly as you are.

Common Symptoms of a Concussion

Recognizing the signs of a concussion is crucial for early intervention. Chiropractors are trained to identify and address these common symptoms:

  • Headaches: Persistent or worsening headaches are a hallmark symptom of a concussion.
  • Dizziness: Feeling unsteady or lightheaded is common after a head injury.
  • Nausea or Vomiting: An upset stomach can accompany a concussion.
  • Fatigue: Feeling unusually tired, even with adequate rest.
  • Memory Problems: Difficulty remembering things or feeling foggy.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Trouble focusing or paying attention.
  • Sensitivity to Light and Noise: An increased sensitivity to light and noise is common.
  • Changes in Sleep Patterns: Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Mood Changes: Irritability, anxiety, or depression can occur.
  • Balance and Coordination Issues: Difficulty with balance or clumsiness.