Not every concussion or traumatic head injury results in symptoms right away, for this reason sometimes it can be hard for a patient to know if they’ve had a concussion. It’s important not to ignore or take head trauma lightly because of the devastating effects head injuries can have now and well into the future. Did you know that a concussion doesn’t always result in loss of consciousness?

A few symptoms to be aware of after experiencing a blow to the head are feeling dazed, confused or disoriented. Someone with a concussion may also experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. A concussion may cause fatigue or drowsiness or a patient may have difficulty sleeping or be sleeping more than usual. You may notice problems with sensation such as blurred vision, a bad taste in the mouth, ringing in the ears, changes in the ability to smell, or sensitivity to light or sound. Concussions can also cause problems with memory or concentration, mood changes or mood swings and feelings of depression or anxiety.

With very small children it may be even more difficult to tell if they’ve sustained a concussion after a head injury, however symptoms may manifest as a change in eating or nursing habits, persistent crying or an inability to be consoled, being easily irritable, or a loss in their favorite toys or activities. Because young children can’t easily communicate their feelings or symptoms it’s very important for parents to be vigilant after a head trauma and contact a specialist right away if their child doesn’t seem to be responding normally.

The best thing to do after a head injury is to contact a physician whether you’re experiencing symptoms or not. Working with a functional neurologist when it comes to brain injuries is highly recommended, as they have extensive training in brain function and may be better able to meet your needs than a primary physician. Many patients with traumatic head injuries are turning to functional neurologists for help with their care, and they are achieving amazing results.

These practitioners use comprehensive testing and “brain mapping” to determine exactly where imbalances are occurring in your brain. They will then create a customized care plan with the right brain-based therapies for your specific needs. This will help your brain naturally heal its communication pathways, which leads to improved and normal function after head injuries. With natural and computer assisted therapies, patients are able to improve brain function without the use of drugs.

The effects of a brain injury can be devastating, and they can wreak havoc well into the future. If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion, take the time to be evaluated by a chiropractic neurologist and learn how they can help you reclaim your life.