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What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that causes damage to the brain interfering with various brain functions. Concussions damage microscopic cellular, molecular, and metabolic levels in the brain. Concussions produce immediate and delayed effects that cause and lead to both temporary and long-lasting lifelong repercussions such headaches, dizziness, poor balance and coordination, decrease cognitive abilities, memory loss, irritability, depression, epilepsy, and even more serious, neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Concussions are frequently induced by a blow to the head via sports, falls, car accident, domestic abuse, and even during shaken baby syndrome. Most people who suffer a concussion either don't believe they had a concussion or ignore the signs because there was no loss of consciousness. Many people shrug off a hit to the head with the old cliché, "My bell was rung."

Increasingly common, athletes, car accident victims, soldiers, and those who have fallen must understand that every concussion injures the brain to some extent. The questions and answers lie in:

  • properly fueling the brain and body
  • multifaceted baselines
  • the extent of the injury
  • post-concussion treatments

At a bare minimum, the mind and body need time to rest and repair, but there are several other steps. In fact only suggesting time and rest can be compared to the treatment of a cut. The bare minimum care of a cut is to apply pressure, but the cut may actually require cleansing, medication, or stitches.

You are worth more than minimal care. We can significantly reduce symptoms of concussions and restore brain function.