A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects your brain function. The effects of this injury can be quite severe, persistent, and debilitating, and can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Other symptoms include confusion, nausea, brain fog, vomiting, sleep issues, sensitivity to light and loud noises, excessive fatigue, dizziness, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). TBI's account for 30% of all injury related deaths. The most at-risk individuals are ages 0-4, 15-19, and 75+ with the number one cause due to falls.
Concussions are often the result of a bump, jolt, or blow to the head, or violent shaking of the head and body. The forward and backward motion of the neck during a car crash, fall, or sports injury—known as whiplash—is a perfect example of this. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain; at times, this results in stretching or damaging of the brain cells.
Dr. Justin Jelen is highly trained and experienced to diagnose and treat concussions, whiplash, and headaches. Below are some of the most effective treatments and therapies utilized by Dr. Jelen to manage and treat such conditions:
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
The Erchonia Low Level Laser Therapy utilized by the doctors at Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center is extremely safe and effective at treating and spreading up the recovery of concussions and various brain injuries. Patients often notice an improvement in their brain fog, memory, speech, and mood after just one treatment session. Learn more about the impressive benefits of the LLLT at our clinic.
Dr. Jelen will teach you brain exercises that not only help you recover from your head/brain injury, but also keep you cognitively sharper for the long run. These are typically very specific, yet simple eye movement and body positioning exercises that truly train your brain to repair, recover, and optimally function. These same exercises are often used for patients in our clinic suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In-clinic hands-on treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, joint mobilization, and muscle work can help calm down the tight muscles of the neck, shoulders, and upper back, as these are often very commonly connected to whiplash, headaches, and concussions. The relief from this therapy can be drastic, allowing the patient to return to their normal activities of daily living with more ease.
Dr. Jelen will typically incorporate nutritional advice and nutraceutical supplementation into the treatment plans for those who have suffered concussions, headaches, and whiplash. This can really help speed up the recovery process even further as proper nutritional creates a more optimal working environment for your brain.