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Beyond Concussion: How to recognize and treat
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. The brain can bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. You do NOT need to “get knocked out” to sustain a concussion.
Even though concussions are called “mild”, do not let that fool you… all concussions are serious. (https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/concussion_whatis.html)
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Evidence of a concussion can go beyond the physical and persist in virtually all aspects of a patient’s mental function. Signs and symptoms include:
STANDARD MEDICAL PROTOCOLS
WHEN TO CONSIDER POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME
Roughly 20 – 30% of people who sustain a concussion are NOT successful in eliminating symptoms within a month using standard medical protocols. Warning signs that Post-Concussion Syndrome may be present include:
HEALTH QUEST PCS TREATMENT OPTIONS
All Health Quest treatments for Post-Concussion Syndrome are non-drug, non-surgical and are safe to be used in conjunction with the majority of concurrent medical therapies. They can include:
Diagnosis and prescribed treatment programs at Health Quest are performed by Dr. Sean Grady, DC with PT privileges, CFMP, DACNB. Dr. Grady holds the prestigious Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB), certifying him as a Functional Neurologist and allowing him to provide, in simple terms, brain rehab for those suffering from a variety of neurological conditions. These conditions include headache/migraine, vertigo/dizziness, stroke, neuropathy, concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Dr. Grady is also certified as a whiplash and soft tissue injury specialist through the Whiplash Injury Biomechanics and Traumatology program at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego and is pursuing dual Fellowship certification in both Concussion/MTBI and Vestibular Rehabilitation from the American College of Functional Neurology. He is the only certified Functional Neurologist in a 40-mile radius of the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Typically, a Functional Neurologist serves in the same consulting manner as a Medical Neurologist. The difference is that the therapies or applications of a Functional Neurologist do not include drugs or surgery. The treatments are brain-based and follow the principles of neuroplasticity, the notion that the nervous system can change according to the stimulation it is exposed to.
As mentioned above, although the Functional Neurology model does not employ medication or surgery, Dr. Grady will work with other medical providers and specialists to ensure a cooperative and integrative approach to every patient’s health goals.