Concussions: Symptoms and Treatments

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Mar 24, 2015 in Personal Injury News

Concussions are a hot-button issue these days. The focus is heavily on traumatic head injuries amongst athletes both professional and young, but many people do not realize that mundane, daily activities can put you at risk for a brain injury. There are many symptoms and treatments for concussions and can vary based on the severity of the injury. Here are some signs to watch out for, plus treatment methods for most concussions.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussions are a type of injury classified as a TBI or traumatic brain injury. They are caused by trauma to the head, whether from being struck on the head, from falling or from having your head shaken or jarred enough to move your brain. In a car accident with a sudden stop, for example, you may suffer a concussion from your head snapping forward, even if you do not hit the dashboard.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Contrary to what you may have heard, you do not have to get knocked unconscious to suffer a traumatic brain injury. While passing out is an obvious warning sign, there are many other less obvious symptoms that could indicate this type of TBI. These include: · Cognitive and memory issues like difficulty focusing, concentration issues, inability to think clearly and sudden problems remembering information · Physical symptoms including nausea, vomiting, headaches, vision problems, dizzy spells, light or noise sensitivity, lack of balance, blurred vision, changes in sex drive or tiredness · Emotional symptoms can involve mood swings, depression, unexplained anxiety or nervousness and confusion · Sleep-related problems vary wildly from difficulty sleeping to sleeping more than normal. Any change in sleep patterns can be indicative of a concussion · In young children, look for changes in behavior such as excess crying, temper tantrums, balance issues, attention problems and loss of skills

Concussion Diagnosis

The first step in treating a concussion is diagnosis. Anyone who suffers an injury that could result in concussion should see a doctor. The physician will ask questions about the incident and will put the patient through exercises to test concentration, problem solving, memory, coordination, reflexes, balance and senses. Further testing can include CT scans, MRIs and neuro-psychological exams.

Treating a Concussion

If a concussion is diagnosed, the doctor may recommend the patient remain in the hospital for observation. If the concussion is mild enough, the patient may be allowed to go home on the condition that they are carefully watched for warning signs such as slurred speech, weakness, seizures, increased confusion or mood outbursts, or loss of consciousness. In the weeks following the incident, patients need to take it easy and allow their body to heal, which can take time. While some feel better within hours, others take months to get better. Victims need to get lots of sleep, avoid medications that are not specifically allowed by the doctor and refrain from physical and mental exertion. Remember, too, that once you have a concussion, you will be more prone to repeat incidents in the future. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and feel you need representation to deal with the costs or have questions about legal issues, give us a call. We are ready to help.