El Paso Chiropractor, Dr. Alex Jimenez looks at driving skills after a concussion.
Even after their symptoms disappear, concussion patients may still have difficulty driving, a small study suggests.
The study included 14 college-age participants who were tested on a driving simulator within 48 hours after they no longer felt the effects of their concussions.
Despite feeling like they had recovered from their head injuries, the patients were still likely to drive erratically. At times, their skill levels were similar to driving after drinking, the University of Georgia researchers said.
“They had less vehicle control while they were doing the driving simulation, and they swerved more within the lane,” said study author Julianne Schmidt.
“This is a pretty large indicator of motor vehicle accident risk, and this is at a time point when they are considered recovered,” Schmidt, an associate professor in the kinesiology department, said in a university news release.
Concussion research tends to focus on when injured athletes can return to play, and the issue of driving after a concussion has not been investigated, the researchers noted.
“In athletics, we don’t restrict their driving before their symptoms resolve,” Schmidt said. In many cases, people drive themselves home from the event or practice where the concussion occurred — “there are no restrictions there,” she said.
Yet, “we would never let them go out on the field or court; we’re very strict about that,” Schmidt noted.
The study findings suggest that concussion patients’ driving should be restricted at least until symptoms clear, and possibly after that, she said.
The research team plans to try to determine when concussion patients’ driving abilities improve, and to develop guidelines to help recommend when driving should be restricted.
The study was published online recently in the Journal of Neurotrauma.
SOURCE: University of Georgia, news release, Feb. 6, 2017
News stories are written and provided by HealthDay and do not reflect federal policy, the views of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Professional Scope of Practice *
The information herein on "Driving Skills May Suffer After Concussion Symptoms Subside" is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, or licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own healthcare decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.
Blog Information & Scope Discussions
Our information scope is limited to Chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, contributing etiological viscerosomatic disturbances within clinical presentations, associated somatovisceral reflex clinical dynamics, subluxation complexes, sensitive health issues, and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions.
We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*
Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.
We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez DC or contact us at 915-850-0900.
We are here to help you and your family.
Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*
Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*
Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CIFM*, IFMCP*, ATN*, CCST
My Digital Business Card