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Let's Talk about Head Injuries

A couple of months ago you may  have read an article in the news that was titled, "Toronto firefighter who wound up in California may have suffered head injury." To provide a synopsis of the article, the captain with Toronto Fire Services was on a ski trip with friends when he disappeared from the slope. He was found at Sacramento airport six days after vanishing, and police say he likely sustained some sort of head trauma. The Toronto Fire Services captain could not remember the details of how he eventually ended up in Sacramento, and could not remember the details of the vehicle or driver who took him on the last leg of his journey.

Sounds scary doesn't it? Maybe a little unbelievable? Let me assure you that all of this is not only real, but it could happen to any one of us. Concussions can happen in the blink of an eye in the strangest places and don't necessarily happen from a direct blow to the head-whiplash can be a cause of concussions; theme parks, sporting events even as a spectator, at home with pets, and simply walking down the street are a few of the places where our patients have suffered a concussion! You may not know that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects brain function. Some of the symptoms can include headaches, problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination issues, personality changes, vision problems, and more.

Here is an incomplete list of symptoms. If you have had a concussion you may suffer from some, all, or none of these as each concussion is different from person to person:
  • 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
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Appearing dazed
  • Fatigue
It is possible to have a concussion and not realize it!  If you have suffered from any type of head injury at any time in the past, or think you may have had a concussion at any time, please talk to our team and book a consultation today. 


Did You Know? 
Among children and youth (10-18 years) who visit an emergency department for a sports-related head injury, 39% were diagnosed with concussions, while a further 24% were possible concussions. -Stats Canada 2016
In no way is this a complete list of concussion signs and symptoms, but here are a few symptoms to note: 
Headache, Migraine, Dizziness, Blurry Vision, Nausea, Vomiting, Sleep Disturbances, Emotional Changes, Feeling "Slowed Down" and difficulty concentrating. 
Recommended Reading

According to emerging science and clinical experience, aggressive intake of omega-3 fatty acids (n-3FA) seems to be beneficial to TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), concussion, and post-concussion syndrome patients. Nutra Sea Omega 3 is the brand that our doctors trust! Look for it in the clinic for purchase. 

April Quote
"Unlike a broken ankle, or other injuries you can feel with your hands, or see on an x-ray, a concussion is a disruption of how the brain works."
-USA Football & CDC
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