Concussion Specialist

The expert team of physicians at Bay Area Osteopathic Inc., located in the Napa, California area of American Canyon and and San Francisco Bay Area, bring two decades of experience to providing osteopathic manipulation treatment for concussions and other types of traumatic brain injury (TBI). These doctors have helped speed recovery from concussions and TBIs for children and adults throughout the greater Bay area.

Concussion Q & A

What are concussions and TBIs?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that alters brain function to varying degrees. Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head, a common occurrence in contact sports like football and soccer. However, a concussion can also occur as the result of a car accident or even a slip and fall. Sometimes people suffering concussions lose consciousness, but often no loss of consciousness occurs. As a result, individuals may sustain a concussion and not appreciate how severely they have been affected until the symptoms last longer than expected. Mild concussions typically resolve themselves with rest in a few days. However, in an estimated 15% of cases, effects are experienced longer-term. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that roughly 1.4 to 3.8 million concussions are sustained annually in the United States.

What are common symptoms of a concussion?

Concussion symptoms can range from subtle to severe and may appear immediately or hours and even days after the injury. The duration of symptoms ranges widely as well, from days to weeks or longer. Among the most common symptoms of a concussion are:

  • Headache
  • Amnesia
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion and an inability to concentrate
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Problems sleeping

How does osteopathic manual manipulation treat concussions and TBIs?

In treating a concussion or other traumatic brain injuries, the doctors at Bay Area Osteopathic start with a complete medical history and physical examination to determine the exact origin and severity of the brain injury. They will develop a personalized treatment plan utilizing osteopathic manipulation to aid the body in restoring the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the central nervous system. Numerous studies have shown these techniques, which include manipulation of the skull, and the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, to be highly effective in relieving symptoms, speeding recovery time, and improving outcomes for patients with concussions and TBIs.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept plans from the following insurance providers. Prior to your appointment, please confirm with your insurance company that we are preferred providers and that your plan covers Osteopathic Manipulation - CPT code 98929.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Kaiser Permanente PPO
United Healthcare

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Bay Area Osteopathic
3431 Broadway Street, Suite A2
American Canyon, CA 94503
Phone: 707-205-4438
Fax: (707) 652-2832
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