When you suffer from a blow to the head, you may not be able to feel that there’s anything wrong. You may have not even lost consciousness. However, brain injuries and concussions need to be taken seriously due to the health issues and concerns that they can cause later on down the road.
There are three different grades of concussions from mild, which is grade 1; to severe which is grade 3. People who suffer a grade one concussion typically don’t lose consciousness. They may be dazed and confused for a short time but usually recover in about twenty minutes. A grade 2 concussion also does not result in a loss of consciousness, but symptoms may last longer than 20 minutes, as this type of concussion is more traumatic. A grade 3 concussion causes the patient to lose consciousness, and they may not remember what occurred before or after the accident.
Did you know that suffering a concussion, no matter how severe, does damage neuro connections and pathways? This is why it’s important to work with a doctor who has training in helping patients with concussions and traumatic brain injuries. This type of practitioner will understand that they need to pinpoint exactly where damage has occurred and that it may take time for you to recover.
A functional neurologist has extensive training on how the brain functions and how to help it form new connections after a brain injury. These practitioners will take the time to give you a complete neurological evaluation in order to determine where imbalances are occurring. They want to understand the complete picture of your health; including the symptoms you’re experiencing now as opposed to your health before your injury.
After analyzing all of the information gathered, they will create a customized care plan for you that will be based on your individual test results. This is not a “one size fits all” approach to care. By contrast, your injury is different from anyone else’s and your practitioner should understand that in order to effectively treat your condition, your care must be managed properly.
A functional neurologist understands the brain-body connection, so they will also be looking at your other body systems as well. Therapies offered will help you recover over time in the safest, most natural way possible. Your brain controls all of your body functions, so you owe it to yourself to be evaluated to ensure long-term health and function after your injury.