What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that can range from mild to severe. The severity of a concussion is measured in grades:
· Grade 1 – No loss of consciousness. Possible temporary amnesia (less than 30 minutes)
· Grade 2 – Loss of consciousness (less than 5 minutes). Temporary amnesia (30 minutes to 24 hours)
· Grade 3 – Loss of consciousness (more than 5 minutes). Amnesia (more than 24 hours).
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
The most common signs include:
· Loss of consciousness
· Nausea and possibly vomiting
· Sensitive to light (photophobia)
· Ringing in the ears or flashes of light (seeing stars)
· Changes in mood, agitated, irritated
· Headaches and/or migraines
· Seizures (severe cases)
Is it possible to get a concussion without hitting your head?
Yes. When the head is jerked back and forth, such as with whiplash, it can jostle the brain, causing it to hit the bony protrusions that are inside the skull, that hold the brain in place. This can result in a brain injury, including bleeding and bruising of the brain.
Are there any long-term problems that come from having a concussion?
Some people experience the initial symptoms of concussion for weeks or even months after it occurs. In severe concussion cases, a person may experience impaired cognitive ability, personality changes, chronic migraines, and chronic pain in the body.
What should I do if I think I have a concussion?
If you think that you have a concussion, get medical treatment immediately. Go to your nearest emergency department or to your doctor’s office to be evaluated. Even “minor” concussions can be serious; don’t risk your health.
How is a concussion treated?
The type of treatment depends on the severity of the injury. In minor cases, the patient may be prescribed rest and prescription medication or advised to take an over the counter medication like Advil or Aleve. More severe cases may require physical therapy, multiple brain scans, and ongoing drug therapy in order to minimize the pain and prevent complications.
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