A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain is shaken or jolted inside the skull. This can happen as a result of a blow to the head, a fall, or any other event that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. When a concussion occurs, the brain can be temporarily disrupted in its normal functioning, leading to a variety of symptoms. Most people recover from a concussion with rest and time, but in some cases, more serious or long-lasting symptoms can occur. It’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect a concussion or have any concerns about a head injury.
Concussion symptoms vary considerably and concussions in children can be substantially different from concussions 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 apparent reason
- Changes to sleep patterns
- Issues with balance including feeling light-headed or dizzy
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Issues with your vision
Get in touch with your doctor at your earliest convenience. Your physician will inquire about the injury and may pose inquiries to assess your cognitive functions including attention span, learning capabilities, memory retention, and problem-solving skills. They might also recommend further evaluations such as neurological tests, a CT scan, or an MRI. During the recuperation phase, seeking assistance from rehabilitation professionals like physiotherapists, kinesiologists, and occupational therapists can play a crucial role in your recovery process, aiding your return to work, sports, and daily life activities. Equally significant are the social and community supports that contribute to concussion recovery. Explore the diverse array of programs available to facilitate your transition. Additionally, it’s advisable to:
- Give yourself plenty of time to rest.
- Have someone stay with you for the first 24-48 hours
- Avoid moderate to heavy intensity activity until advised by a doctor, light activity (walking, yoga, etc) is encouraged after two days. If pursing light activity, ensure your symptoms to not exceed a 2 out of 10 in severity.
- Avoid all screens, cell phone, tv, computer for two days following injury.
- Don’t take any other medicines unless your doctor says it’s okay.
- Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Prioritize sleep quality.
- Make sure that you slowly return to any activities, one at a time. If your symptoms come back when you are doing an activity, ensure your symptoms to not exceed a 2 out of 10 in severity.
Some people recover within a few days, for others it can take weeks, and some may have long-lasting symptoms. While approximately 80% of people with a concussion only experience symptoms for a few weeks, 20% of people experience symptoms for much longer. If you’ve experienced a concussion and are struggling, contact us.
Looking for more? Check out Brainline for additional information: http://www.brainline.org/landing_pages/categories/concussion.html
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