Back to school means surge in concussion risk
Follow up care found to be inadequate
A 6-year study made by Blue-Cross Blue Shield found that the diagnoses of concussion has increased 43 percent from 2010 through 2015 in the U.S. Additionally, concussion diagnoses spiked 71 percent for patients ages 10 through 19 during the same time span. For this age group, the fall is peak concussion season, during which time a dramatic spike in diagnoses occurs for males, which nearly doubles that of young females. For boys aged 10 to 19, the concussion rate surges to 7.0 cases for each 1,000 people in the autumn from 2.9 cases per 1,000 in the summer and concussion rates for girls in that age group climb to 3.7 cases for each 1,000 people in the fall from just 1.9 cases per 1,000 in the summer.
Comment by Dr. Ryan Wood:
This study adds to a growing body of evidence showing an increase in the number of concussions during the fall season, when the most popular contact sports are in session (e.g. football and soccer). Fortunately, coaches are learning to recognize the symptoms of concussion including headaches, loss of memory, lack of coordination and confusion. Coaches, parents and doctors are also doing a better job of removing athletes with suspected head injury. Unfortunately, when concussion symptoms last beyond a few days they can progress into something known as post-concussion syndrome. The typical symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include loss of concentration, memory deficits, sensitivity to light and sound, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and personality changes, including irritability and depression. In most cases, adequate followup care is not being provided.
Treatments can help the brain recover from concussion.
At Oregon Regenerative Medicine, we provide the PLAN Protocol, an effective treatment for acute and chronic concussion and post-concussion syndromes. Our PLAN Protocol utilizes specific nutritional therapies designed to stimulate brain recovery, and includes the administration of autologous bio-active growth factors isolated from the patient’s own blood. These growth factors have been found to stimulate the repair and recovery of neural pathways in the brain. Even long-standing post-concussion patients improve on our protocol. For more information on the PLAN Protocol and how it may help you or someone you know, contact Oregon Regenerative Medicine. at 503 201-4628
Reference: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, The steep Rise in Concussion Diagnoses in the U.S.