Solar plexus syndrome or winded occurs if the individual is subjected to abrupt powerful force to the abdomen. This results to difficulty in breathing and often characterized as having the wind stricken out.
What are the indications of solar plexus syndrome?
It is important to note that being winded is due to an abrupt impact or blow to the abdomen or oftentimes from a fall onto the back. In most instances, the individual has difficulty breathing. Additionally, the individual is often in a state of panic or anxious from inability to breath.
What happens if an individual is winded?
Remember that sustaining a direct blow to the area which results to solar plexus syndrome can lead to compression of the nerves behind the stomach (solar plexus). This can cause the diaphragm to shrink and shudder which makes it hard to inhale and exhale normally. When the diaphragm eases, it allows easier breathing.
Solar plexus syndrome is prevalent in contact sports such as rugby and can occur in ball sports such as soccer or if the individual falls to the floor especially in martial arts.
The individual should sit in a crouched position since this helps the muscles relax. It is vital to remain calm and perform slow deep breaths. The individual is expected to settle within 10-15 minutes. If not effective, it is best to seek medical care in case there is the possibility for further damage such as a collapsed lung or fractured rib.