What is a concussion?
A concussion is a mild form of trauma to the brain and is usually caused by a blow to the head. Concussions are often the result of a sports injury or a motor vehicle accident.
In the past, concussions were mostly ignored, now we know that even a minor concussion can temporarily damage certain brain functions connected with memory, reflex control, speech, balance, and coordination.
Fortunately, most concussions tend to be mild and end with a full recovery.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussion symptoms may either appear right after an accident or later on, sometimes lasting days, weeks, or even years.
If you have been in a car accident, it is very important to get immediate attention, especially in the case of a head injury, however small.
The most common symptoms of a concussion are:
• loss of memory
• ringing in the ears
• nausea or vomiting
• slurred speech
• loss of consciousness
After the initial set of symptoms, there are also symptoms that appear days or weeks after the accident, such as:
• problems with concentration
• sensitivity to light and noise
• trouble sleeping
If you have been in a car accident or have recently had a sports injury and are experiencing these symptoms you may want to come into the office to get checked out by a doctor for possible concussion.
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