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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
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in mood for no reason
  • Changes to sleep patterns 
  • Issues with balance including feelign light-headed or dizzy
  • Nausea
  • 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

 

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