All About Concussions
While “concussion” is a fairly common medical term, it’s not something that should ever be taken lightly. A concussion is actually a type of brain injury. Usually, this injury won’t cause permanent damage, but if you suspect you may have one, you should seek medical attention right away.
The most common causes of a concussion are being shaken or hitting your head. Both of these circumstances usually have to be violent or extreme to cause a concussion, but you can’t be too careful when it comes to brain injuries. Learn more about the symptoms of a concussion below, and remember, see a medical professional if you experience the causes of a concussion or any of the symptoms.
Athletes are at a higher risk of getting concussions. As an athlete, getting banged around, shaken, or even hitting your head may happen often. So it’s even more important for you to pay close attention to how you feel after any trauma to your head.
Here are some symptoms you may experience if you’re suffering from a concussion:
- A feeling of pressure in your head
- Passing out briefly
- Feeling dizzy
- Nausea or vomiting
- Hearing a ringing sound
Remember, these symptoms may not present all at once or right away. They may also last for quite a while after the injury for days or even weeks. If a concussion goes undiagnosed, you may experience memory loss, personality changes, trouble sleeping, sudden sensitivity to noise, light, tastes, and smells, inability to concentrate, or depression.
What to Do Next
If you exhibit any of the symptoms listed above, then you may have a concussion. Stop all physical activity immediately and get help from a medical professional. You’ll need to seek emergency medical care if your symptoms last longer than a few weeks or if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent headache
- Stiffness in neck
- Trouble waking up
- Amnesia or general confusion
- Slurred speech
- Delayed reaction time
- Persistent vomiting or changes in vision
Always follow the treatment plan given to you by a medical professional. Some common treatments include getting a lot of rest, both physically and mentally, and frequent breaks from any activities you must do. You may need to ease back into your normal routine to allow the concussion to fully heal.
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