Can You Recognize The Signs of a Concussion?

Can You Recognize The Signs of a Concussion?

Chances are you’ve heard of concussions, especially if you’ve played sports. Although many people don’t feel concussions are serious injuries, it’s important to remember that they are in every way a form of traumatic brain injury. Whether you and your children enjoy contact sports and are gearing up for football season or an unpredictable accident arises, our personal injury lawyers at Roman & Gaynor want you to have the information you need to recognize and treat concussions.

No matter what the circumstances may be, any blow to the head should be taken seriously and examined to see if it was concussive. Without treatment, concussions can become aggravated, causing the symptoms to become worse. In addition, repeat concussions increase the risk of long-term brain injury. Recognizing the signs of a concussion is key to healing and avoiding long-term effects.

Concussions can cause a wide range of symptoms that vary depending on the person or severity of the injury. Some of the most common and noticeable symptoms of concussion include:

  • Recurring headaches or persistent migraines
  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Dizziness or general feeling of nausea
  • Difficulty seeing clearly or blurred vision
  • Fatigue

If you or a loved one begins to experience one or more of these symptoms after a head injury in sports, a car accident, or for any other reason, it would be best to see your doctor for an examination. Your doctor may run multiple tests to make an accurate diagnosis. Those tests can include:

  • Imaging: Imaging tests include things like cranial computerized tomography or "CT scans" as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI tests). These types of tests use imaging to see if there is any swelling or bleeding in the brain.
  • Cognitive Tests: Before your doctor recommends imaging, they may choose to have you undergo one or more cognitive tests to test your memory and concentration.
  • Neurological Tests: If you believe you have a concussion, your doctor will likely test your neurological functions, things like your vision, hearing, balance, and reflexes. If anything seems abnormal, they might order an imaging test to confirm.

The symptoms of a concussion mimic the symptoms of many other types of ailments. What should signal concern is experiencing these symptoms after a blow to the head, no matter how minor you think the injury was. Anyone who experiences symptoms such as headache, memory loss, dizziness and related symptoms after head trauma should rest, and contact their doctor for more information.

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