How chiropractors can help sports concussions
In the U.S., there are a minimum of 300,000 sport-related concussions per year. If your child is in contact sports, there’s a risk of the contact ending up in a concussion. In fact research suggests that the number of documented cases of concussions among children is on the rise, and is source of growing concern among soccer and football players.
Chiropractors may not be the first medical professional you imagine when it comes to concussion management, but many chiropractors are trained to spot the signs of a mild traumatic brain injury, and support the patient in a successful recovery. Two recent literature reviews outlined how chiropractors can effectively manage athletes with concussions.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Valid for Concussion?
Chiropractors are often the first health care provider to care for patients who are suffering from a head injury, such as those incurred in sports or car accidents. Chiropractors, especially ones who are certified additionally by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, regularly manage athletes who suffer from concussions.
They understand that if certain symptoms are indicators that the neurological symptoms are worsening:
- Blurred vision
- Increased confusion
- Dilated pupils
- Weakness in on arm/leg
- Worsening headache
If you or a loved one has suffered from a sports related concussion, please schedule an appointment today to consult with Dr. Thompson. With an x-ray, and thorough exam he can help determine what steps are necessary for treatment and healing from a head injury.