How Do I Handle A Concussion?

An injured soccer player goes to the doctors office for help Sustaining a concussion is a serious matter. Repeated concussions can have dangerous long-term consequences on your health. For athletes, the temptation is strong to play through the pain. But, if you’ve had a concussion, be cautious. Although you may want to be active as soon as possible, get a treatment plan to reduce long-lasting concussion effects.

What Causes a Concussion?

Falls are the most common cause of concussions. But, high-contact sports that expose you to blows to the head increase the risk. This impact causes your brain to move inside the skull and hit your skull wall.

Immediate Symptoms of a Concussion

There are situations where some people have suffered a concussion without realizing it. Not recognizing symptoms leaves the person vulnerable to further injury and long-term damage.

Concussions symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

If you or someone you know have displayed any of these symptoms, Get medical help immediately. Even if symptoms don’t immediately show, they could manifest later. 

Long Term Effects

Concussions can have dangerous consequences if left untreated. Long-term effects may produce life-altering changes like:

  • Personality changes
  • Memory trouble
  • Chronic headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances And others

Treating Concussions

Your treatment plan varies based on the severity of your symptoms. The intensity of the impact can also factor in your treatment. After receiving medical attention, get plenty of rest.  As you recover, avoid activities requiring intense concentration. For example, computer time, watching t.v or reading strains your brain after injury.  Also, steer clear of physical activities that add to or worsen your symptoms. How long you’ll have to avoid these activities depends on the nature of your concussion. 

How Will I Know if I’ve Had Too Many Concussions?

As one concussion can have long-lasting effects, no set number is too many concussions. Your risk of permanent brain damage increases with each concussion.

Can You Prevent Concussions?

While you can’t prevent all concussions, you can take measures to protect yourself. Wear protective clothing if you play a high-impact sport. Always wear your seatbelt when driving.  Also, limit household hazards. Use non-slip mats, use handrails on stairs, and remove trip hazards.

How Long is Concussion Recovery?

Most concussion symptoms resolve after 21 days, but the timeline for each case varies. Early intervention aids in healing, and mishandled concussions can lengthen recovery.

If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, don’t wait to get help. Arrange a consultation with our concussion specialists. Call Orthopedic Associates of Long Island today at 631.689.6698.

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