Based out of Riverview Health Professionals, Dr. Bachorick enjoys working with patients who have complex and challenging problems, He finds his training in neurology has been an immense help in assisting all of his patients improve their health and level of function. Dr Bachorick has spent this much time and energy pursuing this knowledge because it has been invaluable in learning new treatment approaches to complex and chronic problems.
Dr. Shawn Bachorick, Chiropractor shares some helpful information about Concussions
Lots of media about this issue with high-profile athletes having their careers jeopardized by concussions. However, you don’t have to be a famous football or hockey player to end up suffering the effects of a concussion.
What is a concussion?
Simply, it is a traumatic brain injury which impairs brain function and commonly causes symptoms including, but not limited to, dizziness, nausea, cognitive impairment, headache, visual disturbances and balance problems.
Who is most at risk?
Obviously participants in contact sports (martial arts, football, rugby, hockey, etc.), but other sports like soccer, baseball often see accidental contact lead to problems as well. Other traumas like car accidents and falls are also frequent causes of concussion.
The majority of people will recover from their symptoms in a few weeks. However, this does not mean that they are fine. There is promising research in blood biomarkers for concussion injury and recovery which suggests that the healing process takes much longer than previously thought. This is why anyone experiencing concussion-like symptoms needs a thorough evaluation by professionals with substantial training in the field. “How many fingers do you see” is not adequate. These patients also require follow-up to ensure recovery of function, not just symptom reduction.
In the case of a suspected concussion, players need to be removed from play until they can be properly evaluated. A quick sideline evaluation can be performed in less than 5 minutes and will test many of the parts of the brain commonly affected by these injuries. My preferred screening tool is the Vestibular/Oculomotor Screen (VOMS). It quickly tests the function of the inner ear and parts of the brain associated with eye movement. Other good tools include the Maddocks questions:
1) Where are we playing today?
2) What period/quarter/inning are we in?
3) What team did we play last game? Did we win/what was score?
Depending on the sport/circumstance and patient age the questions may need to vary. But the injured person needs to be tested as to their knowledge of location, time/date, short-term and long-term memory function.
In the case of loss of consciousness or severe symptoms (confusion, headache, dizziness), it is important for the injured person to be evaluated for the need for MRI or CT evaluation to rule out potentially life-threatening brain bleeds. This also applies to individuals who display increasing severity of symptoms (e.g.: headache keeps getting worse). CT is usually the best test in the early stages.
If you suffer from post concussion symptoms, book an appointment with Dr. Shawn Bachorick today. His training in neurology has been an immense help in assisting all of his patients improve their health and level of function.
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