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Diagnosis & Recovery of Concussions Explained

Health

With Dr. Kalan Sittleburg, DC

Forward by Denise Stegall

Recently, my friend’s teenage son, an exceptional hockey player, recently suffered an injury during an intense game. He was diagnosed with a concussion prompting her to post on Facebook that ” he got his first concussion” as if she expected him to get more in the future.

Another friends daughter took a knee to her head during cheerleading practice and had migraines for months afterward.

These are not isolated incidents.

Over 3 million people in the United States suffer concussions each year from falls, car accidents and sports.

Approximately 6% of children and adolescents who visit an emergency room from sports-related injury involve a concussion.

This is serious stuff!

Most children do not lose consciousness (get “knocked out”) after a concussion. For example, in a recent study of high school athletes, less than 5% of those who had a concussion experienced a loss of consciousness.

The more common symptoms of a concussion include:

  • confusion
  • headaches
  • memory problems
  • dizziness, numbness or tingling
  • blurry or double vision
  • sensitivity to light or noise
  • nausea
  • feeling tired or groggy
  • irritability
  • problems with memory, concentration or sleep
  • problems with balance or walking

Sometimes, the symptoms of a concussion show up right away, other times they appear hours or even days afterward which can make the diagnosis and recovery difficult.

Dr. Kalan Sittleburg takes the mystery out of diagnosis and recovery after a  concussion.

 

 

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