Why You Need to Take a Concussion Seriously
Most experts differentiate a concussion from a traumatic brain injury based on the severity of the injury. Accordingly, concussions are commonly referred to as “mild TBIs.” For that reason, many people tend to dismiss a mild bump or blow to the head as insignificant and not requiring medical care. That’s a mistake.
What Are the Potential Complications of a Concussion?
In the aftermath of a concussion, many patients experience only temporary symptoms, often returning to full health within a couple weeks. However, a certain percentage will suffer persistent problems, including headaches and/or nausea that won’t go away. Such symptoms are typically a sign of “post-concussion syndrome.” A concussion can also lead to ongoing memory and concentration problems, changes in personality or mood, and alterations of sleep patterns, including both insomnia and excessive fatigue.
What Is Second-Impact Syndrome?
Another serious consequence of any concussion is the increased susceptibility to additional concussions, with ever-increasing complications. This condition is medically referred to as “second impact syndrome.” It commonly occurs when an individual suffers a second bump or blow to the head before a first concussion has fully healed. In such circumstances, it’s common for a person to experience acute swelling and inflammation within the brain, a condition which can lead to hypoxia (deprivation of oxygen) and even death. Studies show that persons who have had any type of prior concussion or traumatic brain injury can suffer serious consequences from even a minor blow to the head. Repeated head trauma is also considered to be a common cause of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
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At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.