What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by an injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull, this could be a blow to the head but it could also be a fall or other accident.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Concussion symptoms vary and concussion in chidren can be different fomr concussion in adults.
Some symptoms of concussion include:
- Headache and pain that won't go away
- Difficulties with memory
- Struggling to concentrate or make decisions
- Slowed thinking, speaking, or reading
- Getting easily confused
- Changes in mood for no reason
- Changes to sleep patterns
- Issues with balance including feelign light-headed or dizzy
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Issues with you vision
Do you have to be lose consciousness to have experienced a concussion?
No, you don't have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion.
What should I do if I’ve experienced a concussion?
Contact your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will ask questions about the injury & may ask you questions that test your ability to pay attention, your learning, memory & problem solving. They may also order other tests e.g. neurological exam, CT or MRI. You should:
- Give yourself plenty of time to rest.
- For the first 24-48 hours have someone stay with you.
- Avoid all screens, cell phone, tv, computer etc.
- Don’t take any other medicines unless your doctor says it’s okay.
- Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Make sure that you slowly return to any activities one at a time. If your symptoms come back when you are doing an activity, stop and rest for a day.
How long will it take me to recover from a concussion?
Some people recover within a few days, for others it can take weeks to recover & some may have long-lasting symptoms. While approximately 80% of people with a concussion only experience symptoms for a few weeks, 20% of people can experience symptoms for much longer. If you’ve experienced a concussion and are struggling then contact VBIS and book an appointment.
Here’s a handy guide for some of the symptoms of concussion from http://www.axoneas.com/. If you’re experiencing these symptoms after a blow to the head then take care and report your symptoms to a doctor.
Check out brainline for more information http://www.brainline.org/landing_pages/categories/concussion.html