Athletes and children playing certain sports are more and more confronted to the issues of head trauma and parents as well as the medical community are desperate to find ways to treat concussion. As we have seen on the news, some concussions can be easily treated while others have repercussions later in life and some – sadly – are deadly.
What is a concussion?
There is no exterior sign of a concussion, only the type of event and the way the head moved during that event is an indication of a possible concussion. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring after an impact to the head (blow, bump, jolt etc..) that causes the brain to shake inside the skull. Usually considered mild TBI because it is not habitually fatal, it can be sometimes diagnosed as a serious injury. The CDC gives us the concussion danger signs that need to be recognized and dealt with right away.
Traditional ways to treat concussion
Even in the slightest suspicion of possible concussion, it is imperative that the person injured stop any kind of activity and seek immediate medical attention. Head injury can happen under many circumstances but if it happens during a sports activity, the coach and the parents must have the person or young athlete checked out after taking note of important events following the accident:
- Cause of the injury
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
7 to 10 days of cognitive and physical rest are recommenced after a brain injury no matter how mild it was especially in young children.
Using cryotherapy to treat concussion
Some alternative treatments post-concussion syndrome are being found and tested everyday
- Chiropractic neurology
- Neurocognitive rehabilitation
- Cognitive rest
- Craniosacral therapy
- Functional medicine
Is cryotherapy the new way to treat concussion ? The cryohelmet is a device used to treat head injuries and migraines. According to some studies, therapeutic hypothermia is an effective way to treat head injury using either a helmet or a head-neck cooling device.
The benefits of cryotherapy for sports related injuries has been widely accepted as treatment for not only muscle pains but also brain injuries. By reducing swelling in a rapid way, it can make a difference and provide relief to the brain before it’s too late and the condition worsens.
Concussion is an increasingly growing concern for parents whose children play brutal sports. That new solutions are found to treat concussion is very good news. Cryotherapy is becoming a viable alternative to traditional techniques to treat concussions. But nothing, no method no matter how revolutionary, should replace consulting with a doctor, having tests done and several check ups until the medical professional gives the green light to resume normal (and sports) activities.
Whether you need just a boost of energy or are looking for a painless physical therapy after an injury or surgery, San Diego Cryotherapy is the place to visit.
The only center in the area to be certified by Cryohealthcare Inc., San Diego Cryotherapy offers services of the utmost quality in terms of technology, safety standards and service.