A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that involves a violent shock to the brain after a blow to the head. While some people are able to recover from the effects of a concussion rather quickly, many accident victims take a very long time to recover. Moreover, without proper medical supervision and treatment, the effects of a concussion can be long-lasting and lead to permanent brain damage.
Keep in mind that anyone can suffer a traumatic head injury. Whether you are hit while playing contact sports, involved in a car accident while driving a motor vehicle, or slip and fall while walking down the street, you can potentially sustain a concussion.
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Head Injury
It is not always clear that a person has suffered a concussion. Some people mistakenly think that a concussion must result in the victim losing consciousness. However, the reality is that the signs of a concussion are not always so easy to recognize. In fact, sometimes it’s not immediately apparently that a head injury is a concussion. That’s why it is important for anyone who suffers a blow to the head to exercise extreme caution and seek medical attention from a qualified professional.
It can also help to know what to look for when you or another person sustains a head injury. Here are a few major signs of a concussion:
Loss of Consciousness
One of the clearest signs of a concussion is when the victim passes out. A lot of times, a person who suffers a severe blow to the head will temporarily lose consciousness. Even if they feel fine immediately after regaining consciousness, it is important that they get checked out by a doctor.
Many people with concussions report suffering from severe headaches. These are not the type of headaches that will simply go away with the use of Advil. If you suffer a blow to your head and subsequently have headaches, treat them as a sign of a more serious injury and seek the opinion of a medical professional.
A blow to the head can cause blurred vision. If blurry or fuzzy vision persists, it could be a sign that the effects of the head injury are not dissipating.
A head injury can cause extreme dizziness, which can make it difficult for the victim to maintain their balance without assistance.
A concussion can make it hard for the victim to fall asleep at night. If you find yourself struggling to sleep, it may be a sign of a concussion.
Although a concussion is a head injury, it can also lead to stomach issues such as nausea. A major sign of a concussion is vomiting and an inability to keep food down.
Anytime a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, there is a possibility that they will also go through mood swings and possibly even depression.
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