A concussed person should be removed from activity immediately and assessed by a medical doctor. Post-concussive symptoms may intensify with an increase in activity, so it is important that return to activity is gradual and monitored/supervised by a medical professional. If symptoms worsen, it may be important to seek medical assistance right away. Following a concussion, individuals may experience many different signs and symptoms. A symptom is something the athlete will feel, whereas a sign is something friends, family or a coach may notice. It is important to remember that some symptoms may appear right away and some may appear later.
What to look for?
• Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
• Temporary loss of consciousness
• Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
• Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
• Dizziness or "seeing stars"
• Ringing in the ears
• Sensitivity to light and noise
• Sleep disturbances
• Slurred speech
• Delayed response to questions
• Appearing dazed
• Concentration and memory complaints
• Irritability and other personality changes
• Psychological adjustment problems and depression
• Disorders of taste and smell
Did you know?
• A concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury
• In 90% of concussion cases, there is no loss of consciousness.
• You do not need to hit your head to have a concussion.
• Up to 90% of concussion sufferers recover in 1-2 weeks
• Pediatric populations may take longer to recover.
Dr. Shin graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2008 with a 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He earned his Bachelor of Science with Honours in the Life Sciences and Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in 2002 and 2003. He is currently in private practice at KIROMEDICA Health Centre a multidisciplinary clinic located in Toronto. Dr. Shin has been in private practice in the Toronto area since graduation and makes this his home.
His area of specialty focuses on spinal health along with physical medicine & rehabilitation.