Concussions: More than Just a Bump on the Head

A concussion is actually a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can alter the functioning of the brain. Typically concussions are not life threatening but some can be serious. They are caused by a bump, blow or hit to the head.

Signs & Symptoms (from the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/index.html)

  • Difficulty thinking, remembering new information and  concentrating
  • Headache, nausea, dizziness
  • Fuzzy vision, light sensitivity
  • Sleeping more or less than usual

Seek Immediate Medical Attention if….

  • Headache gets worse or does not go away
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
  • Vomiting and nausea that does not go away
  • Slurred speech

Can Acupuncture Help

  • Acupuncture can be used to quell many of the symptoms of a concussion including headache, nausea and vomiting
  • The military uses acupuncture to treat traumatic brain injuries on and off the battlefield
  • Acupuncture has been shown to increase cognition in patients with TBIs and help with post-TBI insomnia

Other Preventative Measures You Can Do

  • Wear a seat belt every time you are in a motor vehicle
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike, motor bike, snowmobile, contact sports, horseback riding
  • Make sure older adults have handrails, adequate lighting and any tripping hazards are removed like throw rugs
  • Use safety gates on stair if children

At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

Call us today to schedule a consultation: 301-530-5308