What is a concussion?

Any injury or movement that causes your brain to move inside your skull is a concussion. They are also called mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) but they can also be serious. In any case, a concussion can alter your brain’s normal way of functioning. That’s why it is necessary for you to see a doctor after an injury/accident that might have caused one. Concussions can affect your health in the long-term. What we think is a mild bump on the head might even turn out to be serious. Symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Memory problems
  • Fatigue

How common are concussions?

Surprisingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that concussions are the most common type of head injury! They are mostly the result of a motor vehicle accident in adults. However, for elderly and infants, falls are the most common cause of concussions. In case of teenagers, sports accidents are the leading cause of concussion.

Is medical attention after a concussion necessary?

While you should never leave a head injury to chance, there are certain symptoms that make it crucial that you go see a doctor as soon as possible. Look out if the following symptoms manifest after an injury:

  • You feel confused
  • You have a headache that just gets worse
  • You have thrown up multiple times
  • You are having difficulty in waking up
  • It is difficult to maintain your balance
  • You are exhibiting strange behavior

What determines the outcome of a concussion?

The answer to that isn’t so simple because each concussion is different as is the person experiencing it. The outcome will depend on how you recover from a concussion. Some factors influencing the outcome include:

  1. How old you are
  2. The state of your health
  3. How severe a concussion you have
  4. If you have a history of concussions
  5. How you behave after the concussion

The more closely you follow the doctor’s instruction, the better chances you will have of a quick recovery. It is equally important to not waste time in getting medical help after the concussion-causing injury.

What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Close to 80%–90% of concussions will get resolves within 7-10 days. However, there are cases when the concussion doesn’t go away in such a short time period. If you feel the symptoms of your concussion have stuck around for longer than 3-4 weeks, then go see an expert immediately. Known as the post-concussion syndrome, if allowed to go untreated, the syndrome can be dangerous. You might have a difficult time while trying to work or study. Besides that you would also feel ill at ease and might even experience depression!

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