More Common Than You Might Think
As a type of traumatic brain injury, concussions can lead to mental effects that range from mild to severe. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head that causes the brain to suffer trauma against the skull. What many people don’t realize, however, is that mild concussions that are repetitive, such as those often experienced in contact sports, can become much larger problems over time. This means that it doesn’t take just a single blow to the head cause a concussion—people who have repeated and mild blows to the head are also at risk.
Symptoms of Concussion
Depending on the severity of a concussion, the survivor may display a number of symptoms, including:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Impaired speech
- Nausea and vomiting
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
Concussions should never be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion, or even if you’re questioning whether a concussion has occurred, you need to be examined by your doctor as soon as possible. In some cases, people who have suffered a concussion will need to seek immediate medical assistance, especially if they have lost consciousness or if they are unable to recognize people or places.
Recovery & Rehabilitation
After suffering a concussion, rest is very important. The brain will need time to heal, so it’s also very important to avoid physical activities that may involve contact with the head, including contact sports.
Each case of concussion is unique, so you will need to work at your own pace to recover. In severe cases of concussion, various supportive therapies may be required, including physical therapy and speech therapy.
Remember, even if you aren’t sure whether a concussion has occurred or not, you still need to be checked out by your doctor to be safe.
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