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An automobile accident is a traumatic incident, whether it is a “fender-bender” or a serious collision, especially when the accident involves physical injuries. Because of the physical dynamics often associated with automobile accidents, not all injuries are visible and some are not immediately felt. A concussion is such an injury—not visible, and not always immediately felt.

What is a Concussion?

The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as follows:

“A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. “Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don’t realize it. “Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport, such as football. But every concussion injures your brain to some extent. This injury needs time and rest to heal properly. Most concussive traumatic brain injuries are mild, and people usually recover fully.”

An automobile accident can result in concussive injuries for the people involved. Automobile accidents sometimes involve rapid deceleration, violent shaking, and/or the striking of the occupant(s) head on objects inside the vehicle. These three conditions (and others) present a “perfect storm” for concussive injuries.

Concussion Symptoms

The website WebMD divides concussion symptomology into four categories: Thinking/remembering, physical, emotional/mood, and sleep. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Appearing dazed
  • Fatigue

In addition to the above symptomology, an article on the Mayo Clinic website provides helpful information as to when to contact your primary care physician or seek emergency medical treatment.

Post-Concussive Chiropractic Treatment

It is not uncommon for people who have sustained a concussion during an automobile collision to experience long-term and painful effects of the injury—effects such as head and neck pain. In some post-concussive patients, “a short course of diversified-type cervical manipulation (i.e. supine lateral cervical break) and upper thoracic manipulation” may prove helpful. If you or a family member has been involved in an automobile accident and, as a result, you were diagnosed to have suffered a concussion, and if you continue to struggle with post-concussive pain and/or discomfort, please contact your friends, here, at Oregon Injury Clinic. Our team of committed and caring professionals would like to help you make an appointment to visit our SE Portland office, discuss your physical needs, and provide the most appropriate and best chiropractic care possible. At OIC, we are passionate and our goal is to secure your family’s health.