With football season on hand, many parents may be concerned about their kids getting injured while playing. It’s a natural concern, especially when it comes to the head and any injuries to the head that can result in a concussion. Contrary to popular belief, you can get a concussion even with a helmet on.
Head injuries should be taken seriously. If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury or a concussion previously, you are at risk of developing post concussive syndrome. The mind of a person who has suffered a concussion can become affected so that the brain cannot interpret visual signals correctly.
Consult an Expert If Symptoms Appear
Post concussive syndrome symptoms should be treated carefully by an experienced specialist who is well-versed in recognizing symptoms and providing appropriate, tailored treatment. Some common symptoms include dizziness and headaches, which also occur when you experience binocular vision dysfunction. Hence a thorough examination is necessary. It is also essential that patients are educated on symptoms of post-concussive syndrome. This will help them understand how PCS can affect the whole body.
The side effects of post concussive syndrome can be complex and long-lasting. For example, you could experience a headache and dizziness for weeks and even months after the event. These symptoms often begin a week to 10 days after the concussion, and can linger as long as a year! For as many as 30% of patients that have post concussive syndrome, their symptoms have lasted for three months or longer. Many of these patients did not seek help until it was unbearable. If you or someone you know experiences such symptoms, be sure to consult a specialist for further examination and treatment to avoid impacting emotional and physical well-being.
Tailored Treatment for Post Concussive Syndrome and More
Some patients also develop binocular vision dysfunction after a concussion. At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we can help patients recognize what their condition is, conduct a proper examination and then provide tailored treatment. Binocular vision dysfunction can be treated with visual orthotic devices which realign the eyes.
The severity of the initial concussion also does not determine the exact level of discomfort or symptom development. You can be at risk for developing intense headaches or other symptoms whether you had a mild or severe concussion. Symptoms include irritability, sensitivity to light, poor concentration, poor memory, inability to sleep, sensitivity to noise, fatigue and anxiety.
These additional symptoms may require additional treatment beyond prismatic visual orthotic devices. However, at the Neuro Visual Center of New York we treat the whole patient and can refer you to the best concussion management doctors and therapists.
Get in touch with the Neuro Visual Center of New York for help if you or someone you know is suffering from post concussive syndrome and/or binocular vision dysfunction. Call us at (516) 224-4888 for further assistance. You can also fill out our questionnaire before your examination.