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When you hear “concussion” you might think of sports like football. While it’s fair to associate this head injury with full-contact sports, it can occur in everyday life too, especially in a car accident. 

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a head injury that occurs when the brain collides against the inside of the skull. This can occur for two reasons:

  1. The skull received a direct impact. In a car accident, this may happen if you hit your head against the window, door or dashboard. 
  2. The head was jerked around. When the head jerks around hard enough, the brain can still collide against the inside of the skull despite never receiving a direct blow.

Concussions are generally not life-threatening, but they are riddled with symptoms that make daily life more challenging until you recover. Still, concussions range in severity and can be confused for other head injuries, so it’s always important to seek immediate medical attention if anyone is exerting concussionlike symptoms.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Since concussions vary in severity, not everyone who experiences one will have the same symptoms. So, if you notice any of the following symptoms in yourself or anyone else involved in the accident, you should contact medical professionals for assistance:

  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Mood shifts
  • Difficulty focusing

How is a concussion treated?

Usually, concussions themselves require not much more out of treatment besides time, rest and maybe some pain medication. However, other factors that contribute to the concussion, like neck tension or spine pain, can be treated with chiropractic care.

Doctors of chiropractic specialize in adjustments that help reduce pain and tension in the neck. These adjustments help remove pressure off the spine, which reduces pain in the nerves that may be contributing to concussion symptoms.

Visit the Florida Spine and Joint Institute today for concussion treatment

Are you or someone you know suffering from pain and other issues related to a concussion? Our Doctors of chiropractic at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute can help. Contact us today for more information about concussions or to schedule an initial appointment.