Pain Management Following A Concussion
Concussion refers to a blow to the head powerful enough to cause a mild traumatic brain injury and also refers to the symptoms and aftereffects that a person experiences following this injury.
Symptoms include headache, nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, unsteadiness, numbness/tingling, memory loss, poor concentration, changes to mood and behavior.
Over the last decade, an increased awareness of the seriousness of concussions has developed.
Concussion is most recognized as a consequence of contact or intense sporting activity. Concussions can also occur as a result of falls where there is a blow to the head, car accidents, falling or projectile objects that strike the head.
It is generally accepted that most concussions resolve within a matter of weeks without permanent disability or impairment. This is not always the case if proper treatment is not used early on.
Proper treatment after a concussion includes mental and physical rest to allow the brain to recover. This includes time away from sports and school until the symptoms have resolved. Returning to school/work or physical activity/sports too early can be very dangerous for the healing brain.
There are many ways that have been developed to evaluate brain function after concussions and to obtain a baseline brain function prior to concussion. These include computer-based testing such as ImPACT® tesing and various other clinical neuropsychological testing.
The newest method for evaluating brain function is called The Brain Gauge by Cortical Metrics. This technology uses a small mouse-sized device used at the fingertips to evaluate various aspects of cognitive function. It can be used to obtain baseline cognitive function and to measure and track cognitive function after concussion and intervention.
Since concussion and brain injury have a component of inflammation, PEMF can also be used to treat these conditions. This is a growing area of research and holds tremendous promise for treating these otherwise difficult to treat conditions.