Concussions are a common issue with sports of any age. We are seeing better diagnosis and protocols in regards to these injuries, but just like any injury, after it has happened there are limitations in treatment. Recently more attention has been focused on sports-related concussions in part due to the concussion-related deaths of high school athletes, cognitive problems in professional football players, and head injuries sidelining professional hockey players for extended periods of time. Penguin’s fans will remember the extensive rehab that Sidney Crosby went through a few years ago to return to the ice after his concussion. He had chiropractic treatment from Dr. Carrick that gave him great benefit and got him back to play.
I have heard from several parents over the years about the wait and see, trying several different medications with no changes while their child misses school, has changes in behavior, is no longer active, and is no longer enjoying activities. We are blessed to live in Pittsburgh where we have some of the best medical doctors and practices. One thing that most parents, and medical doctors, still don’t know about is the importance of chiropractic for these injuries. There are several chiropractic techniques and the one that we use for concussion patients involves no rotation and is very gentle. Concussion recovery can take a long time and is not only about getting back to play.
A few years ago I had a teenage girl who suffered a concussion from a slip and fall. She missed most of her junior year of high school. Not only was that difficult on her physically because concentrating and doing school work increased her symptoms, but it was difficult on her emotionally. She was separated from her friends for a year, which in teen time is like a decade. She missed school activities and dances. She missed field trips and all the college prep that happens that year. Once she was feeling better she was so excited to return to normal teen life and be involved in school activities again.
Concussions are not an easy fix and they take time, but chiropractic can be very beneficial in the healing process. We work with all other doctors to make sure the patient is getting the best care. If you know someone who has suffered from a past concussion or if currently receiving treatment, pass along our information. Here are two articles with more information:
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