Post Concussion Syndrome Treatment Techniques
PCS And Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment
One of the most common head injuries you can acquire is a concussion. In fact it may not take as much damage as you may think to acquire such an injury. It is especially common among athletes who play physical sports such as hockey or football. Like all brain injuries, concussions require careful treatment to assure proper healing. Concussions have been studied very heavily in recent years, and this increased focus on understanding such injuries has led to increase in effective treatment methods.
PCS is defined as symptoms stemming from a concussion that can occur weeks, months, or even a year after the initial injury. The diagnosis is commonly made when symptoms still persist after a period of three months. Post-concussion syndrome doesn’t require you receive an extreme injury either. A concussion in which you managed to remain conscious can still lead to illness and require post-concussion syndrome treatment. With a 15 percent chance of occurring after receiving a concussion, effective treatment methods are an absolute must. What follows is a brief overview of possible treatment methods for PCS related ailments.
One of the most common symptoms of PCS are headaches. Treatment for this can range from avoiding certain medication to using medications commonly used for migraine treatment. In some cases however, chemical treatment is avoided if possible. This is done to prevent side effects (some of which may be more pronounced in those suffering from post-concussion syndrome) and to also prevent rebound headaches when the medical treatment is stopped.
Another ailment you may encounter are memory issues. These are often related to short term memory, although other issues have been reported. Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the issues reported. Often the optimal solution may be allowing time for the symptoms to go away on their own. It is reported that such issues often go away on their own within a few weeks or months. During the treatment period, memory aids such as organizers and pocket calendars may be advised. Also, relaxation treatment may be prescribed to aid in concentration.
PCS can also cause physical ailments. For example, some sufferers report a loss of balance and other awareness based issues. A common treatment for this is physical therapy for physiological ailments such as balance, and physiological treatment for mental issues such as a decreased attention span.
Anxiety and Depression
Lastly, depression and anxiety may sometimes be experienced post-concussion. These conditions often reduce after the patient is correctly diagnosed and knows what the cause of their symptoms are. If you find yourself suffering new anxiety or depression symptoms after diagnosis, further treatment may be required. This treatment can take the form of medication and psychotherapy as needed.
PCS is not something with a clear cut set of steps for treatment. This is because everyone reacts differently to the condition. It is for these reasons that doctors have to treat on the basis of what symptoms the patient is encountering. If you have post-concussion syndrome or think you might, consult a physician and always be upfront about what symptoms you are experiencing to assure you are following a proper treatment program.
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