How serious are brain concussions and how can you tell you have one? And what should you do if you have a concussion?
The most common and least serious type of traumatic injury is called a concussion and is also called concussion injury, closed head injury, or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is a temporary brain injury that occurs as a result of head trauma. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, collisions during recreational sports, and child abuse are common causes for concussion.
What Is a Concussion?
When a sudden direct blow or bump to the head occurs it can most often cause a concussion
Your brain is made of soft tissue and It's cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the protective shell of the skull. Traumatic brain injuries can cause bruising, damage to the blood vessels, and injury to the nerves and sometimes, it can literally move around in your head.
If you've suffered a concussion, then your brain doesn't function normally and may be confused. Causing your vision to be disturbed, you may lose equilibrium, or you may fall unconscious
Children Can Have A Concussion
As kids enter their adolescence years, they experience rapid height and weight gain. Both are factors that make them more prone to accidents than adults.
Its important to monitor a child for the first 24 hours if you feel they may have a concussion. It's vitally important to watch for behavioral changes in the child. With young children, especially, they may not be able to fully communicate what or how they are feeling, so it is critical to watch them closely. Do not give medications, including aspirin, which may cause bleeding, to a child without consulting a doctor.
There Are Many Signs of a Concussion But Still Tricky To Diagnose
Concussion are internal so you don't see a concussion like you do a scrape or bruise. Signs may take their time and not appear for days or weeks after the injury. Some symptoms last for just seconds, (like seeing stars); others may stay a little longer.
Concussions are fairly common. In fact some say a mild brain trauma happens every 21 seconds in the U.S. So it's important to recognize the signs of a concussion so you can take the proper steps to treat the injury.
Any one of the following could be a sign of traumatic brain injury:
- confusion or feeling dazed
- slurred speech
- nausea or vomiting
- balance problems or dizziness
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light
- sensitivity to noise
- ringing in ears
- behavior or personality changes
- concentration difficulties
- memory loss