What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Man with Post-concussion syndrome

If you have recently suffered a concussion after a physical trauma, you are at risk for post-concussion syndrome. This disorder includes all of the symptoms and adverse effects you feel after suffering a concussion. For example, you may feel dizzy, feverish, or in pain. 

Post-concussion syndrome looks different for each person and can be more or less severe, depending on the type of concussion sustained. At Integrated Injury Specialists, we provide patients with many treatment options for a concussion or traumatic brain injury. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of a concussion and seek medical treatment as quickly as you can. 

Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome

A concussion doesn’t always bring pain. Some patients who suffer a concussion don’t even know they have a concussion because they do not feel typical symptoms associated with head trauma. 

Concussions have a funny way of making themselves known. The list of symptoms is much more vast than most patients believe. You may have post-concussion syndrome if you have one or more of the following: 

  • Memory and concentration loss
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noises
  • Headaches on all parts of the head and neck
  • Fatigue and dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia (the inability to sleep) 
  • Frustration and irritability 
  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) 
  • Slight loss of smell or taste 

Some patients get migraines or tension headaches in association with a concussion. It’s also important to note that a concussion is not just in the head; you can suffer neck injury along with a head injury. 

How is Post-Concussion Syndrome Diagnosed? 

It can sometimes be difficult to accurately diagnose a concussion since the symptoms are so varied, and the nature of the trauma can be so different from one case to the next. It is important to visit your doctor right away after being in an accident or suffered a physical injury to the neck and head. 

Anything from slight fatigue to major pain can be a tell-tale sign of a concussion. Unfortunately, there is no single test that can diagnose a concussion. There may be different ways to accurately diagnose your injury. 

You will likely need a CT Scan to fully examine your brain and tell for any signs of damage. You might also have to get an MRI, which detects activity in the brain. These tests can help doctors find a proper diagnosis for your head injury. 

Depending on your symptoms, you may then be referred to a pain management specialist for treatment, as well as a physical therapist and a socio-psychologist.

Can Post-Concussion Syndrome Be Treated? 

Depending on your symptoms, there are various treatments available. Typically, care focuses on treating your individual symptoms and the overall source of your injury. This is because the symptoms of a concussion are so different for each person. Our doctors prefer to take a personalized approach. 

For symptoms of headaches, fatigue, and migraines, your doctor may prescribe you some medication frequently used with migraines. You may even be prescribed an antidepressant or an anti-hypertension medication that can relieve the areas of pain in your head so you can focus on healing. 

There is cognitive therapy available for those who have suffered memory or focus loss due to the concussion. Some people also find that they have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression after their injury, in which case it may also be a good idea to start seeing a mental health specialist. 

Treat Your Concussion ASAP

Post-concussion syndrome is a terrible condition that can lead to permanent damage if left untreated. If you have recently been in a physical accident, you need to visit your pain management specialists right away. You may not be aware that you have a concussion if you are not showing many signs and symptoms, but it is still vital that you seek help after an accident from an accident injury doctor Orange County.

Head injuries are sensitive and unique to each person, and they require the utmost care. While treatment options may vary, we have personalized solutions available to you at Integrated Injury Specialists. Contact us today and take the next step towards your better health and recovery. 

What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?

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You are likely pretty sedentary during working hours. When you hit the gym after work or on the weekend, your joints and muscles may not like the sudden shift to activity. The result can be a sports injury. Scientists describe a sports injury as “the loss of bodily function or structure that is the object of observations in clinical examinations.” For insurance to cover your treatment, qualified injury specialists must first evaluate you.

Integrated Injury Specialists is a team of specialized injury physicians that specialize in rehabilitation and pain medicine. We communicate with your attorneys to provide coordinated medical care.

Contact Integrated Injury Specialists today at 657-888-2683!

The Four Most Common Sports Injuries

Ankle Sprain

The ligaments on the outside of your ankle are relatively week. Ankle sprains occur when you turn your foot inward in an awkward way. They can also occur when you turn it too far inward, for instance, when you trip. This turning stretches or tears the ligaments in your outer ankle.

If you experience tenderness above the ankle with a sprain, see a doctor. It might mean you have a “high-ankle sprain.” High ankle sprains are slower to heal, and also may indicate the upper leg has separated from the lower. If your sprain is to the lower ankle, it is important to exercise it. This will prevent a loss of flexibility and strength.

The Physical Therapists at Integrated Injury Specialists can show you what exercises will promote healing.

Groin Strain

A groin strain, or groin pull, is an injury or tear to the adductor muscles of the inner thigh. Sudden movements like twisting or jumping can trigger them. Although they are usually not serious, they make take a long time to recover from. You may feel pain from a groin strain anywhere from the hip to the knee. This may make it difficult to walk and/or run without pain. There may also be swelling or bruising. Sports are the most common cause of a groin strain.

Be aware that a groin strain can are sometimes confused with other problems. Hip inflammation or a hip strain can feel like a groin strain. Stress fractures may also feel similar.

For an accurate diagnosis, visit the doctors at Integrated Injury Specialists. Self-care for a groin strain involves RICEN: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Your doctor may also diagnose stretching, massage, physical therapy, or electrotherapy.

Hamstring Strain

A hamstring strain is a strain, or tears, to the large muscles in the back of the thigh. Like other sprains and strain, a severe case can take months to heal. If your strain is minor, you could be walking pain-free in a few days.

Hamstring sprains occur when you stretch the hamstring muscles beyond their limit. This often occurs with a sudden movement. You are more likely to injure your hamstring if you have injured it before. These types of recurring injuries often happen with athletes.

Regular stretching will help you avoid hamstring strains. Remember to always stretch before exercise.

If you experience this type of strain, you can treat it at home using the RICEN method outlined above. If you are not healing, or your symptoms are getting worse, make sure to contact the experts at integrated Injury Specialists for help.

Shin Splints

The term “shin splints” refers to pain along the shinbone (tibia.) The tibia is the larger of two bones connecting your knee to your ankle. Shin splints are common in runners, dancers, and military groups. These types of athletes often hike or walk long distances. An intense activity can cause the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue to become overworked, causing pain. Initially, you may only experience pain when you are exercising. Eventually, though, you may experience pain every time you walk. If left unchecked shin splints can lead to a stress reaction or a stress fracture.

Wearing proper footwear can prevent shin splints. Changing an exercise routine can also help prevent them. If you do experience this type of pain, you can usually treat it with the RICEN method described above. In severe cases, seek treatment at Integrated Injury Specialists.

Integrated Injury Specialists

Integrated Injury Specialists is a team of Board-Certified physicians specializing in rehabilitation and pain medicine. If you are dealing with a personal injury case, they can help. The doctors there will communicate with your attorneys to provide coordinated medical care. The team at Integrative Injury Specialists provides the top integrative care in Orange County. Contact the Integrative Injury Specialists today at 888-676-1285 or by clicking.