A recent study found in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association concluded that based on evidence from over 200 participants, females experiencing a first time concussion were more likely to suffer symptoms up to twice as long as their male counterparts, with boys enduring as few as 11 days compared to the average 28 days recorded for girls. Your first thought may be that it’s because boys and girls are different, and lucky for us that is exactly the point. Everyone is different, everyone experiences injury and pain in different ways, and everyone leads unique lives that can factor into their health.
This study directly supports what osteopathic doctors have been telling people for years, which is that in order for healthcare professionals to effectively treat patients and help them experience longer, better lives, they need to look beyond what medical textbooks have to say and start really listening to patients. If a teenage girl goes into a clinic because she has a concussion, and the doctor asks how she got it and she explains briefly how she fell and hit her head, the diagnosis and treatment would be very different than if she were to open up about a meal skipping habit that makes her dizzy enough to frequently collapse. Asking questions and getting to know our patients is important, and it is the only way we can be sure we are treating them to the best of your abilities at all times.
Stress, anxiety, and more can play a major role in your health, and can even cause countless physical symptoms that can be easily overlooked by many healthcare professionals, resulting in a faulty diagnosis and prolonged discomfort. At Osteopathic Health Care Associates, our osteopathic doctors consider every possible factor in your life including your emotional and mental well-being, as well as your environment and lifestyle to determine if anything unusual is causing your illness. Once all things have been considered, an osteopathic doctor will be able to use a variety of gentle and harmless techniques like those utilized in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy to treat existing conditions and prevent future problems. Patient care is all about comprehensive service, and that’s exactly what professional osteopathic doctors do best. If you or someone you know could benefit from professional Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy performed by a qualified specialist, then make an appointment at Osteopathic Health Care Associates with Dr. Shane Patterson or Dr. Ryan Christensen by calling 586.221.2791, or complete the contact form in the sidebar to receive a return call from someone on our office staff.