HEAD & NECK INJURIES - CONCUSSION & WHIPLASH
Signs and Symptoms of Concussion
Physical - headache, nausea, vomiting, balance issues, visual problems, fatigue, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, dazed, not feeling right
Cognitive - feeling foggy, feeling slowed down, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering, difficulty answering questions, repeats questions, confused, forgetful
Emotional - irritable, sadness, angry, nervousness, easily upset, more emotional
Sleep - drowsiness, sleeping more than usual, sleeping less than usual, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep
Concussion Assessment & Concussion Treatment
Upon examination of your upper cervical spine (upper neck), which are the top two vertebrae in your spine, they will determine if you sustained an Atlas Subluxation. These occur when the Atlas, or the vertebra the head rests upon, is moved out of normal position, and hinders the brain’s ability to properly communicate with the body. If this type of misalignment has occurred in your upper neck, concussion symptoms will frequently linger for days, weeks, months or even years.
Dr. Ken Abreu designed and implemented a program that is new to Calgary and new to Canada. The Sport Concussion Management program is a unique approach to help children, athletes and motor vehicle accident patients with the care of concussions. The program is the best baseline, assessment and treatment program for concussions. He uses state-of-the-art technology to assess your symptoms, your neuromotor and neurocognitive function. This program was recently endorsed for baseline and incident testing of hockey players by Hockey Calgary.
NUCCA Chiropractic and Hockey Calgary
Not every blow to the head will result in a concussion, and not every concussion leads to long-term effects. Whether you experience a direct or indirect blow to the head, you may experience symptoms consistent with concussion like symptoms. You only need to experience one symptom to have a concussion and you do not need experience a loss of consciousness either. If you lost consciousness and your symptoms last longer than a few minutes, it is important to seek the care of a health care professional, a NUCCA Chiropractor, to evaluate for a concussion.