According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to about 30% of all injury deaths. Those who survive a TBI can face effects that last a few days, or the rest of their lives. While most TBIs that occur each year are mild, and commonly called concussions, everyone is at risk, especially children and older adults.
During a series of sessions on Monday as part of the Joint Session with American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM), Thomas M. Motyka, DO, will demonstrate osteopathic manipulation techniques (OMT) that can be used immediately after a concussive injury, within a few days or weeks of an injury, and for long-term effects of concussion.
“OMT on the Field” begins at 2:30 p.m. in Hall A on the Ground Level of the convention center. “OMT” in the Office” begins at 3:30 p.m. “OMT Return to Play” starts at 4:30 p.m.
“The presentations will be quick explanation and teaching sessions for osteopathic manipulative treatments that might be applied to athletes who have experienced a concussion,” said Dr. Motyka, who is chair and associate professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is also Osteopathic Program Director for the Campbell University/Cape Fear Valley Internal Medicine Residency.
He noted that within sports medicine, there’s a lot of interest in the effects and management of concussion, particularly among athletes of all levels. “But generally speaking, in primary care, people experience concussions quite often outside of sports. Any kind of trauma or accidental injury could involve a concussion. So the same techniques and the same approach might apply to those non-sports injuries as well,” he said.
A recent article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association demonstrated the safety of osteopathic manipulation immediately after concussion injuries, so Dr. Motyka hopes to demonstrate techniques that physicians can use immediately in their own practices.
“It emphasizes the application of OMT to a topic that’s emerging as one of very significant importance and of a great deal of interest both among physicians and the public. There’s a lot of interest in concussion and post traumatic injuries,” he added.
Dr. Motyka hopes attendees will be able to apply selected techniques not only on the playing field immediately after a concussion, but in the days and weeks following for their patients as well as treat long-term problems with OMT.