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Concussion Management at LSTC

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way our brain functions. When the brain sustains trauma, it is our body’s natural reaction to respond and in doing so, the body releases chemicals to help in the healing process. These chemical alterations cause a change in the blood flow and metabolic activity surrounding our brain, and are likely the cause of post concussion symptoms. It is important to remember that every concussion is different and our body’s response will be different from others. These unique symptoms are the reason individualized and specialized care are needed.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Most people correlate a concussion with loss of consciousness, however this is just one of many signs of a concussion. The most common symptoms following a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Confusion/Disorientation
  • Unsteadiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Irrational and irregular behavior

Why is it so important for you to seek care?

It is especially important to seek care immediately following a concussion rather than waiting to see if it will resolve on its own, due to the change in chemical composition and metabolism, surrounding the brain. With a detailed evaluation, specific symptoms will be identified and treated immediately to prevent these symptoms from worsening. When treatment is deferred it can lead to longer lasting and more intense symptoms. If left untreated and ignored this change in chemical make-up and change in metabolism can lead to cell death and permanent damage.

How we can help at LSTC

When you schedule an appointment at LSTC you will receive a neuro-cognitive evaluation for your concussion. Once your specific symptoms are identified, one of our Athletic Trainers will guide you in proper management in your day to day activities, to help you brain heal. They will also educate you on your condition for reassurance following your concussion.

These guidelines may include:

  • Taking time off from work
  • Limited cognitive thinking
  • Limited screen time (TV, phone, computer, ect.)
  • Limited physical activity

In addition to daily recommendations, we will also prescribe appropriate vestibular therapy, including vision therapy exercises, diet and nutritional intervention, exercise therapy, and if needed, manual therapy from one of our physical therapists.

If you are experiencing concussion symptoms, don’t wait, call today to schedule your appointment!


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