Your brain, although a soft, and incredibly sensitive organ, is relatively well-protected by your skull and fluid that acts as a barrier. However, it can be affected by a concussion if you’ve experienced a traumatic, sudden injury. Let’s start with the basics. What is a concussion?
A concussion can be described as a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, that can result after a fall, a blow to the head, or a sudden whiplash like movement. Basically, anything that affects your brain, even shaking it inside your head, can be classified as a brain injury. Even if there are no physical signs, a concussion’s symptoms can still be felt, and make ordinary life tasks difficult.
If you’ve experienced a concussion, how long you experience symptoms could really depend on how quickly your brain heals and how you take care of yourself after the injury. For some people, symptoms can last only a few hours, for others, weeks or months. Symptoms really depend on the severity of the injury.
If your injury was not very severe, perhaps from a fender bender while driving, you may experience mild disorientation or dizziness for a few days. In other cases, such as with football players and other contact sport athletes, the symptoms of a concussion could not only persist longer, they could manifest in more severe ways. Once your brain has suffered damage once, it becomes more susceptible to further damage.
Concussion symptoms can present themselves in physical ways, mental ways, and even emotional ways. In these more severe concussion cases, symptoms can include not being able to think clearly, retain new information, or focus. Physically, you may feel dizzy or nauseous. Emotionally, you might feel angered more easily or become upset more easily.
Again, while the duration of these symptoms can all depend on the severity of the injury, you should still look for signs of post-concussive syndrome. This may cause new symptoms to slowly develop after a concussion and may present themselves through changes in your sleeping patterns, changes in your vision, or major changes in your ability to concentrate.
Talk to a medical professional immediately if you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of a concussion. The experts at Tarpon Orthopedics in Plano, Texas specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of sports-related injuries, including concussion protocol. Contact Tarpon Orthopedics today by calling 972-596-1059 or request an appointment online.