Concussions in Canada: The Facts
How often do concussions occur in Canada? Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are a serious injury that can have life-altering effects. In Canada alone, the statistics that answer the aforementioned question are alarming:
A concussion occurs approximately every 240 seconds, or every 4 minutes in Canada
That’s a lot of concussions. If we do the math, that equates to a whopping amount every year… which is why any injury that may even resemble a concussion (or not, as many concussions go unnoticed for a variety of reasons) should be taken seriously:
Nearly 144,000 Canadians suffer from a concussion annually
The funny thing is that many of us imagine older teenagers and younger adults who play sports as the ones who experience concussions for the first time. But the reality is that in Canada, it’s probably not what you think:
The average age for a first-time concussion is 10 years old
So what are the leading causes of concussions and mild TBIs (mild traumatic brain injuries)? While there’s a variety of brute force impacts that can cause such an injury, the two leading causes include:
#1 – Falls / slips and trips, #2 – Car accidents
How are you supposed to tell if you have a concussion?
As mentioned above, many people have their mTBI or concussion go unnoticed for weeks or months on end. That’s the unfortunate thing about how often concussions happen in Canada – many don’t even know they have one.
Symptoms may not be as apparent as you think and can come and go over time, making you believe you have just a headache or perhaps consistent migraines. Also see these 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Concussions.
Concussion symptoms are usually separated into three categories, any number fo which can be happening simultaneously. Sometimes, it may just be one or two. Those symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Noise sensitivity
- Light sensitivity
- Short-term focus
- Slowed thought
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory loss
Symptoms usually last anywhere between 7 to 14 days, although depending on the severity of your concussion they make take much longer to do so.
This is why it’s so important that you seek medical help from trained and professional healthcare provider(s). Learn more about our Concussion and Brain Injury Treatment Services at RHC.
When should you call emergency services?
Sometimes concussion symptoms can wreak havoc on your health in a very short period of time. If you ever experience any of the following after knowingly suffering a concussion, or perhaps are suspect of a blunt-force trauma but are unsure of the cause, CALL 911 AND GET AN AMBULANCE IMMEDIATELY!!
- Double vision
- Neck pain
- Loss of consciousness
- Deteriorating consciousness
- Severe or increasing headache
- Convulsions or seizures
- Non-stop / repeated vomiting
- Increased irritability and / or confusion
- Tingling / burning in arms and / or legs
- Weakness in arms and / or legs
Get Drug-Free, Holistic Concussion Treatment
If you’ve suffered a concussion in Calgary, Revelation Health’s team of multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers would love to help you get back on the road towards health.
A new patient assessment would be the first step. Then, we would be able to help you recover from these associated problems with concussions / traumatic brain injuries:
- Cognitive function
- Sleep dysfunction
- Autonomous nervous system
Learn more about concussions and our office:
- Concussion Treatments in Calgary: Chiropractic Functional Neurology
- 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Concussions
- 7 Steps to Treating Concussions at RHC
Book Your Concussion Assessment Today!
Call us anytime at 403-284-2082 or send a message below for a quick response during regular office hours. See RHC’s Office Hours, Contact and Location information here.
We’ve had great success in treating such injuries before and are looking forward to helping you accomplish your personal health goals and recover from any mTBI or concussion you may have!