Have you ever seen Will Smith’s movie Concussion? It depicts head traumas from sports related injuries that can create detrimental unseen damage to the brain and brain stem. Although sports injuries are the major cause of concussions; whiplash causing activities and motor vehicle accidents are just as prevalent in causing concussions.
Imagine riding a motocross cycle in the backwoods of Georgia with your son, and he is blasting ahead as you try to keep up. You are over 50 years old, and you are trying to relive your youth. Then your son and the other riders find themselves at the end of the trail near the cars, and you are nowhere to be found. An hour later you find yourself at the truck not realizing how you got there with a pounding headache. You feel dazed and confused and don't know that you hit your head from a fall. The dirt on one side of your body and scuff marks on the helmet is the sign that you had an accident and didn't remember a thing. You just had a concussion!
It is estimated every year that there are around 136,000 sports-related concussions just in young people alone. These incidences occur most often between the ages of 9 and 22. For 90% of these young people, their recovery time is one week. However, for the 10% (approximately 13,600) of young people who have prolonged periods of recovery, the post-concussive syndrome can become a concern. There are four prominent symptoms of PCS-- sleep, cognitive, emotional, and somatic. The percentage of these cases can range from 1.5% to 15% and can leave devastating results. This damage can lead to memory loss, intolerance to exercise, and neurocognitive dysfunction. PCS and brainstem trauma can both have a negative impact on the communication of the nervous system. They can also create headaches, nausea, dizziness, foggy thinking, lack of appetite, and neck pain.
Did you know the doctors at the Alpha Spine Center are well versed in diagnosing and detecting post-concussive syndrome and brain stem related injuries? In fact, the story shared earlier wasn't just a story made up to give an example but David Long's story, a patient, who called the Alpha Spine Center right away to receive the necessary care for his scary experience with a Concussion. Depending on the level of trauma we will determine whether they need to be referred out for a PET scan, to a neurologist or cared for at the Alpha Spine Center. If your child or loved one has ever had nausea, vomiting, unclear thoughts, repetitive thoughts, mood swings and dizziness after any head trauma; make sure you have them get checked from one of the doctors at the Alpha Spine Center to prevent long term damage to their nervous system.