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Concussion in Sport

Are you suffering in silence through the effects of a possible head injury? 

One thing you really shouldn’t leave up to chance is the effects of knocks to your head, however minor they may seem. The effects may be impacting your health and your life, and may also have caused damage to your neck or spine as well.

The most common knocks to the head are from falling, accidents and sports related injuries but any minor knocks to the head are cumulative. 

Increased concussion awareness has helped individuals understand that getting ones bell rung or seeing stars after knocking heads on the football or rugby pitch is not a small thing. It’s not just boxers who need to worry about the cumulative effect of repeated blows to the head.  Footballers, for example, may be susceptible to neurological disorders due to years of heading the ball, putting them at increased risk of early dementia. Rugby players, construction workers, emergency first responders, miners, and factory workers are all occupations that also have a high risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries from single severe blows or numerous dings that they shook off at the time, but eventually could add up to a syndrome known as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The risk is so real that the British football association has started a long waited research program to study the link between repeated heading of a football and brain damage. The study is aimed to provide some understanding of football’s life long-term health impact and risk of dementia.

Some loss of mental ability is natural with age, but determining whether you are suffering from MCI is important. Half of all individuals with MCI will go on to suffer some form of dementia during their lifetime. Forgetting an important date, stumbling over your words, catching ones step before you fall these are but a few signs that you may be in the initial stages of dementia. Other warning signs include personality or behavior changes, apathy, depression, and becoming easily distracted. 

Fortunately, advances in medical technology are helping in the early diagnose and treat of head injuries. One such advance is the increased use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans in determining the causes and treatment regimen for dementia symptoms. MRI uses powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to give a very detailed image of the internal body structures. MRI tends to show the slightest differences between normal and abnormal tissue and pick up early signs of brain damage before the symptoms become overt and the disease is well established. 

No one really wants to think about such serious health issues on a daily basis, or not take part in activities they love in case of injury but regular updates on total health may help prevent or reduce the risk of disabling conditions later in life. 

If you think you have the possibility of undisclosed, or cumulative, brain or soft tissue injuries, you are able to take advantage of the Avicenna private clinics now offering MRI services. Similarly, if you’re suffering pain from a past injury that’s stopping you doing the things that you love, why not make an appointment at the clinic?   

Avicenna Clinic offers a wide range of specialist consultant services, plus the latest in MRI technologies, available to both self-pay and insured patients. 

See for yourself the newest MRI machine that no longer takes you into that dreaded, claustrophobic tunnel, but is a cutting edge Open system, making the experience so much more comfortable, and so much less traumatic for children in particular.

Avicenna is based in Peterborough City Centre, and you will be pleasantly surprised that you can often make a same day appointment, see a consultant, begin diagnostics, and receive a treatment plan, all in a single visit.

To enquire about your situation, and make an appointment, call Avicenna Clinic on 0330 202 0597 or visit www.avicennaclinic.com

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