Concussions can cause serious and lasting damage to your brain, but research shows that diagnosis and treatment beyond just rest can help you recover more efficiently. At The Wellness Institute of Dallas, comprehensive concussion care is available for both adults and children. Located in Dallas, the team has advanced training in functional medicine and functional neurology to support brain health and function. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
A concussion, also called a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is an injury to the brain that causes temporary loss of normal brain function. Concussions are most often the result of a blow to the head, though there are often no signs of trauma on the outside of the head such as a cut, scrape, or bruise.
When you experience a blow to the head, whether through athletic activity, a car accident, fall, or something else, your brain hits the inside of your skull. Depending on the severity of the injury, the brain may hit the inside of your skull more than once, especially in cases of sports injuries and whiplash.
In most cases, signs of a concussion occur immediately, though they can also show up hours or days after an injury. Loss of consciousness may occur, though it doesn’t always happen. Common signs of a concussion include:
It’s also possible to experience mood and behavioral changes. Multiple concussions make mood and behavioral changes more evident over time, while other symptoms often become more severe with each successive concussion.
Concussions are diagnosed based on a consultation, physical exam, and neurological exam. At The Wellness Institute Of Dallas, the team uses detailed questionnaires to understand your symptoms and, if possible, the severity of the impact that caused your injury.
They also check your range of motion, muscle strength, nerve function, and reflexes to assess if your physical function has been affected. In addition to a thorough physical examination, you will be taken through a comprehensive eye movement test called a Videonystagmograpghy (VNG) as well as a Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems (CAPS).
These tests discover potential underlying neurological causes to continued symptoms even after weeks, months, or years after the initial injury. Objective testing allows for objective measurement of results after therapeutic sessions and treatments.
Once you’re diagnosed and the severity of your concussion is explained, your provider recommends a treatment plan to help with your specific condition. Each patient has a unique brain and a unique injury, therefore each treatment plan is unique to the individual. In most cases, patients will be provided nutritional counseling, supplementation, and neurological therapies. The therapies may include GyroStim therapy, proprioceptive therapy, neuromuscular re-education, and much more.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of a concussion, schedule a visit at The Wellness Institute of Dallas today using online booking or by calling the office directly.