Many adults and children will suffer some degree of concussion if they sustain an injury to their head. Sports injuries or falling off playground equipment are typical causes of concussion in children.
The symptoms can range from very mild to severe. In the latter they may have traumatic brain injury where the brain has been not only shocked but injured. This can persist as post concussion syndrome and may take some time to recover. The child may have headaches, irritability, visual and behavioral issues. Cognition and memory are often impaired and the person can complain of being very tired.
It is important to get your child checked by a doctor or emergency clinic if they are showing any of the above signs. In particular if a child is becoming increasingly drowsy then they should be taken to A&E immediately as they may have an internal bleed in the brain which can progress and become a medical emergency.
Osteopathy (and in particular cranial osteopathy
) has a role to play in the child's recovery by helping to remove any structural restrictions in the head and neck that are maintaining the injury and delaying healing of the concussion.
Treatment to the head is contraindicated immediately after the injury as there may be bleeding inside the skull and even gentle treatment could make this worse following the injury. However treatment can be started after approximately 10 days - depending on the severity of the symptoms. Patients often report a marked decrease in their symptoms once they have started osteopathic treatment.
The recovery time is dependent on the extent of the injury and can be from a few weeks to two years or longer.
One of the main factors that will aid recovery is rest. It is important that the child doesn't overdo any activity which can increase their fatigue. Even going to school can be too much. Some children will only do half days for up to a term and any activities outside school should be limited until they are feeling better.
Because the concussion can impede a child's coordination, they are more likely to injure themselves again if they start sport or other physical activities before they are fully recovered.
If you think your child may have concussion you can contact us
to see if we can help.