The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 2.3 million children and teens under 17 were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury or concussion during 2022. Unfortunately, this number does not take into consideration any time a person experienced a concussion but did not go to the hospital.
Returning to physical activities too quickly after experiencing a concussion can drastically increase the risk of a serious brain injury or death. This makes it vital to recognize the signs of a concussion so that you can get help right away.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of mild brain injury that can cause a disruption in how the brain typically works. This injury is often caused by an impact or sudden blow to the head. A concussion does not generally have to cause a person to lose consciousness to cause damage.
The Signs of a Concussion
There are several symptoms that you or someone you know may experience that could indicate that you have suffered a concussion. If you suspect that you have, look for the following:
- Unusual eye movements
- Light sensitivity
- Eye straining
- Blurred vision/double vision
- Unusually sized pupils
- Loss of consciousness
- Problems focusing
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to refrain from physical activity until after you undergo a medical evaluation and receive a doctor’s approval.
When to Get Medical Help
It is vital to seek medical attention immediately after a concussion if you or someone you know experiences moderate to severe symptoms. These include:
- Extreme sleepiness or problems waking up
- Loss of consciousness
- Seizures or convulsions
- Numbness, weakness, or problems walking or speaking
- Headaches that worsen
If the symptoms of a concussion last for longer than two weeks, it may indicate a more serious issue that needs to be addressed.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have suffered a concussion or another brain injury, it is important to get started on a treatment plan right away. Early intervention is key when it comes to providing you with the best chance of overcoming your injury without complications.
To get started, contact our team at OALI by calling (631) 689-6698 to schedule a consultation. We can meet with you at any of our seven locations across Long Island, NY, to help diagnose and treat your concussion.