The brain controls all bodily functions. A concussion sets off a chemical process in the brain as it's trying to heal itself. During that process and depending on what part of the brain was impacted, it can affect different functions like balance, memory, focus or even cause visual disturbances.
It's believed that between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States each year. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can occur immediately, hours, or even days after the initial injury to the head. Symptoms can change over time, depending on activity level and with other potentially associated injuries, making them difficult to recognize and treat.
Less than 10% of people who get concussions will experience loss of consciousness. Loss of consciousness does equal a concussion, but not having loss of consciousness does not mean you didn't have a concussion. Examination along with diagnostic testing is required to determine and document the injuries. This evaluation is used to develop a therapy plan.
After Accident Care uses a combination of physical therapy, medical massage therapy and nutritional counseling to address symptoms and promote healing. Physical therapists will create a tailored program of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to reduce the pain and severity of the injuries and promote full function and healing. Medical massage therapy addresses pain relief, scar tissue, nerve issues, and blood circulation. Nutritional counseling is offered to promote healing. Recovery is hard work; we are here to help you progress towards better health.