What is a concussion?
For starters, we need to cover the basics. Exactly what is a concussion?
A concussion is caused by either a sudden direct blow or bump to the head. Violently shaking of the head or upper body can also lead to concussions.
A concussion can jolt your brain, sometimes even causing it to literally move around inside your skull. It can cause a list of issues, including damage to the blood vessel and bruising. The result of these issues is that your brain doesn’t function normally after.
Victims of a concussion can receive severe damage after a concussion. It can disturb their vision and sometimes cause them to lose consciousness. To sum it up, after a concussion the brain is confused and not functioning normally.
What are the signs of a concussion?
Since a concussion ultimately affects the inside of your brain, it’s not an easy injury to spot. Although bumps appear on the skull, it’s usually difficult to tell if the injury has also affected the inside of the brain and if it’s a concussion.
Concussion signs may not occur for days or even weeks after the injury has occurred. Symptoms can last for seconds after the injury has happened or they may linger. Although a concussion is serious, they are also fairly common.
However, although they’re common, it’s important that you’re aware of the symptoms and signs so that you are aware of how serious your brain injury is and know what the next best steps are to take.
After a concussion, there are many symptoms that a person may feel. These can be emotional, physical, and mental symptoms that you should watch out for if you think you or someone you know is experiencing a concussion.
The following is a list of symptoms that people may experience when they have a concussion.
- Prolonged headache
- Double vision
- Dizziness; balance off
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss, usually short term
- Ringing ears called tinnitus
- Sensitivity to light
- Feeling overwhelmed when it’s loud
- Loss of smell or taste
- Personality change
Can children get concussions?
Concussions are common in children. As children grow into teenage and adulthood, they experience weight gain and grow taller. This tends to make them more prone to accidents than adults are.
It is crucial that within the first 24 hours of a child getting a head injury an adult very closely monitors them. An adult should be educated on concussion symptoms and, if they see the child showing any, it’s important that they immediately seek medical care for the child.
Children may be unable to communicate their feelings as well as an adult, so an adult must be aware of them. Adults should carefully watch for symptoms and any behavioral changes that may occur in the child after the head injury.
The different types of concussions and their severity
A fact that not many people are aware of is that there are different types of concussions and their severity varies.
A grade 1 concussion (mild), is the least severe type of concussion. A grade 1 concussion lasts shorter than 15 minutes and the patient doesn’t lose consciousness.
With a grade 2 concussion symptoms last longer than 15 minutes. This is considered a moderate concussion. There is no loss of consciousness with a grade 2 concussion.
A grade 3 concussion is the most severe of the three. This is when a person loses consciousness, even if it is not for longer then a few seconds.
What should I do if I have a concussion?
Seek medical attention
If you think you have a concussion your first step should be to seek medical attention. A concussion is serious and you’ll need a professional to determine what grade concussion you have. A health care professional may ask you questions such as your last name and where you live to determine how badly your brain was affected. They’ll be able to determine the severity of the concussion and give you instructions to go from there.
As you can assume, concussions are often gotten on athletic fields and during sports games. If you get a head injury while playing it’s important that you step out and take a break. If you take the risk of continuing to play or start playing again too soon, you can risk a second concussion.
Multiple concussions can cause lasting damage to the brain. It’s important, especially if you’re involved in athletic activities, that you take precautions to ensure that you won’t get a concussion. Wear the appropriate headgear and, if you get a head injury while playing immediately step out and rest. Seek medical attention and get a doctor’s clearance before going back to work.
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