What is a Concussion?
A concussion is categorized as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that rapidly causes the brain to move back and forth against the skull. While concussions are generally considered mild, they can pose several complications when left untreated. Here’s what you need to know.
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Top Causes of a Concussion
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are among the top causes of concussions, as are falls, firearm-related injuries, and assault. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that 72,856 vehicle occupants suffered concussions following a motor vehicle crash between1997 and 2010 — and out of all concussion victims, 2,432 were children between the ages of 0 to 14, and 70,424 individuals were 15 years of age or more.
Concussion Warning Signs and Symptoms
After being involved in a motor vehicle crash, it’s imperative to seek medical care as soon as possible since some symptoms can take days or weeks to surface. Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion are:
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Blurred vision
- Feeling confused
- Slurred speech
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Changes in sleep patterns
A concussion left untreated can pose long-term complications such as chronic headaches and memory issues. It can also lead to post-concussion syndrome, which means that concussion symptoms last beyond the expected recovery period of a few weeks to a few months.
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