Concussion Treatment at Northwest Structural Medicine
Post concussion treatment options tend to be very limited in the traditional medicine world. Just diagnosing a concussion is a murky task, and what constitutes a concussion differs based on who you ask. Most post concussion treatment involves rest, or a “wait and see” approach where time is the main component of healing. However, there is much more that can be done!
While rest and time are certainly important factors, there are many other things that can be done to help heal the brain after head trauma. Whether it’s a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (can any brain injury really be considered mild?), we utilize nutritional and physical medicine tools to help improve recovery. Each individual is different, so we may not use the same methods on each patient, but in general we work on supporting the brain nutritionally, decreasing inflammation, helping the body ease out of a sympathetic (stress) response, decreasing pressure and restrictions within the skull and neck. We may add different external stimuli to the work help unlock areas where the brain is failing to respond (such as left brain activity) and include this type of task while simultaneously receiving treatment.
It’s important to rule out a subdural hematoma after any head trauma, so getting monitored by emergency medicine personnel during the 24 hours after head trauma is a good idea. Symptoms include dizziness, headache, confusion, vomiting, and lethargy, just to name a few. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. After this 24-hour window has passed and the threat of a subdural hematoma has passed, that is when concussion protocols like ours can be implemented.
Brain injury doesn’t just come from direct impact type injuries. Whiplash or other jarring movements can cause trauma within the brain via a shearing action within the cranium. After any motor vehicle accident, or similar accident where speed/motion is involved, one should get checked for brain trauma. Additionally, if you experience symptoms of a concussion it’s very important to not put yourself in a situation where you can get another concussion shortly after the first. This greatly increases the likelihood of more severe damage and symptoms, as the brain is most vulnerable after the first concussion and needs time to heal.