There is no denying that concussions are, without a doubt, one of the most common sports injuries. They are common among both professional athletes and weekend enthusiasts. And those who take part in high-impact sports are more prone to concussions. 

Caused by a violent jolt to head, concussions can affect both physical as well as mental skills of a person. Although it happens for a limited time, no one should ignore it. Defined as a traumatic brain injury; concussions can be painful sometimes. Thus, it's better to seek immediate medical attention. 

Any physical activity that ends up producing a violent blow to your head can lead to concussions. For example, falls during which you end up hitting your head can cause them. In the same way, sports like boxing and auto injuries can also lead to concussions. 

According to Athletix Rehab & Recovery, "Concussions typically happen from a trauma-based impact, usually either from a sports injury or motor vehicle accident. While they can be painful and limiting, physical therapy treatments can, fortunately, help provide healing and relief."

Common Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

Loss of consciousness for a limited time
A feeling of being unstable or unable to stand upright, generally known as dizziness
Experiencing headache or feeling as if the head is too heavy 
Getting confused and problem concentrating on work
Experiencing memory issues and coordination problems
Inability to respond to any question 
Feeling tired or fatigued

Besides, a person struggling with a concussion also experiences symptoms like nausea, vomiting, sleeping disturbances, etc. Based on the severity of the injury, the symptoms can last anywhere between a couple of days to weeks. In rare cases, one can experience them for an even longer time. 

One doesn't experience symptoms like concentration problems, irritability, memory issues, trouble sleeping, and personality changes immediately. A person might take a few days to experience them. Considering that a concussion affects one's brain functioning, its symptoms often vary from person to person. 

Here is How to Treat Concussions

Seek Quick Medical Attention 

There are different ways of treating concussions, and you need to pick the right one based on how severely you have injured your brain. For example, if the blow to your head was so violent that it resulted in internal bleeding, then you need to see a doctor fast. You should get all the necessary medical aid at the right time; otherwise, things can go wrong. Internal bleeding can cause any amount of damage to your brain, which can affect your mental health dramatically. However, when you get your self treated at a trusted hospital by an experienced doctor at the right time, you will see a world of difference in your condition. The symptoms of concussion, including the pain, will wane away fast. 

Consult a Physical Therapist 

In case you are not experiencing any symptom that needs an invasive treatment, then you can consult a physical therapist. People who have struggled with concussions, and have sought physical therapy for it, claim that it helps a lot.

Considering that concussions are hardly life-threatening, people sometimes ignore the significance of seeking professional help. And that's a dangerous attitude. You should never do that because that can lead to further complications. So even if you are not experiencing any grave symptoms at the moment, you might end up having them later on. Thus, it's better to consult a physical therapist without further ado. 

Earlier, we used to live under the impression that physical activities can further damage a person's health if they are struggling with a concussion. However, the American Physical Therapy Association claims that physical therapists can play a significant role in speeding up the recovery process. Which means with the assistance of guided exercises and other crucial physical activities that a physical therapist suggests can help you recover from a concussion. 

Your physical therapist will carry out an in-depth evaluation before deciding what techniques to use when it comes to addressing your problem. After examining your condition, it becomes clear to them what kind of exercises you require. You can perform any moves that can worsen your condition; so it's essential to rely on a physical therapist. 

Based on the severity of your injury, they figure out what kinds of activities you can sustain without damaging your condition further. And depending upon that they create a personalized care plan to speed up your recovery. 

Apart from consulting a doctor or seeing a physical therapist, you should keep yourself hydrated and consume nutritious food to keep your body energetic.  

If you manage to keep your body energetic, you will end-up fighting your injury quickly. 

Now let's talk briefly about how to prevent concussions. 

If you are a professional athlete or a weekend sports enthusiast, you must wear protective gear both while practicing your sport and participating in a competition for preventing concussions. Another important thing that you should do is to follow the rules of the game. Rules and regulations of any game help athletes get a better experience apart from preventing injuries. 

To prevent concussions that stem from an auto injury, make sure that you wear your seatbelt correctly while driving a car or use a helmet if you are riding a bike.  

You should also keep your home clean and organized to prevent falls and slips as they can also lead to concussions. 

Lastly, you should embrace an exercise routine to strengthen your body so that you can avoid balance and coordination problems. And that's because they can also cause falls, which can eventually lead to concussions. 

Published by Rozy Andrew