If you have experienced a concussion then you have likely heard about the risk of post-concussive syndrome. A concussion typically lasts for 5-10days, but when symptoms persist past 3-4weeks then it is considered post-concussive syndrome. This syndrome is complex as it can continue to affect a person’s cognitive and physical abilities, emotions and moods, appetite, and sleep patterns for months and even years to come. This is why following proper return to play and return to school/work protocol is so critical.
What puts someone more at risk for post-concussive syndrome?
The risk factors for prolonging recovery and post-concussion syndrome are the following:
- a history of concussions
- multiple concussions in close time proximity
- pre-existing depression or anxiety
- improper management
Recovery is expected to take longer in younger children and adolescents, as well as females compared to males.
What signs should you look for?
The most commonly reported post-concussion symptoms are: headache, dizziness, decreased concentration, memory problems, irritability, fatigue, visual disturbances, sensitivity to noise, judgment problems, depression, and anxiety
What should you do?
Recent evidence suggests cognitive and physical rest for the initial few days of symptoms and then return to light aerobic exercise and tasks. As long as the individual is asymptomatic they can begin to gradually increase the duration and intensity of tasks. Exercise has been shown to be valuable to recovery and improving motor and cognitive function to prevent post-concussive syndrome.
To read more about concussion symptoms and treatment check out our blog post on the topic here.
If you are suffering from a concussion or post-concussive syndrome consult your healthcare provider. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at CURAVITA are trained in a variety of techniques to aid in identification, recovery and symptom relief.