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A Quick Look At Concussions

You have probably already seen countless cartoons and adult comedies where someone was given a blow to the head and had some form of a concussion. Though concussions are the most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury. However, that doesn’t mean it is one you should ignore.

What Is A Concussion?

The brain is made of a bunch of soft tissue and is cushioned by the spinal fluid and encased in the protective shell of the skull. When you have sustained a blow to the head, the impact can jolt your brain and cause a concussion. Occasionally, it has literally caused your brain to move around in your head. Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussion, causes bruising, damage to the blood vessels, and injury to the nerves.

What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of A Concussion?

Concussions can be a bit tricky to diagnose. Though you may have a visible bruise or cut on your head, you can’t actually see a concussion. Not to mention that symptoms may not appear for days or weeks after the injury. Some symptoms can last for mere seconds and others can linger for quite a long time.

Though the symptoms can vary quite a bit, here are the most common signs to look out for.

  • -Clumsiness

  • -Confusion or feeling dazed

  • -Headache

  • -Nausea or vomiting

  • -Balance problems or dizziness

  • -Blurred vision

  • -Sensitivity to light or noise

  • -Ringing in the ears

  • -Memory loss

  • -Concentration difficulties

What Should You Do If You Have A Concussion?

The kind of treatment you should seek depends on the seriousness of a concussion. Most of the people with concussions can fully recover with appropriate treatment. Since some concussions can be serious so you should never underestimate a concussion.

If you do not lose consciousness, you do not need to seek immediate medical treatment. However, you need to wait until symptoms disappear before returning to normal activities. That may take several minutes, hours, days, or even weeks.

However, if you lose consciousness even for just a few seconds you need to seek medical treatment immediately. During your trip to the doctor’s they will most likely ask about how it happened, symptoms, and other questions that will help them to evaluate your memory and concentration skills.

How To Help Prevent A Concussion?

By its nature, a concussion is unexpected, so it is tough to prevent. However, there are a few common-sense precautions that can lessen your risk of traumatic brain injury.

  • Wear protective equipment – Participation in high-contact and high-risk sports such as football, hockey, boxing, and soccer can increase the chance of a concussion. Other activities such as skateboarding, snowboarding, riding a bike, riding a motorcycle, horseback riding, and rollerblading can also be a threat to your brain’s health as well.

    So in order to keep yourself safe through these sports and activities make sure to wear the necessary protective gear such as helmets or mouth and eye guards lower the risk.

  • Drive safely – Always wear you seatbelt and obey the posted speed limits. Avoiding a car accident will also help you avoid a concussion along with it.

  • Don’t get into a fight – Concussions can often be sustained during an assault. Though these can sometimes be unavoidable, you should do your best to avoid them as much as possible.