Concussions have been a huge topic in this day and age but there still so much we don’t know about them. For starters one doesn’t have to play a sport to get a concussion and they are most common in young children.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is mild traumatic brain injury that can occur after an impact to your head or from a whiplash type injury. The brain shakes quickly hitting the skull either in the front or back. No matter how they happened, concussions require time to heal. Brain injuries, even the mildest have short and long term effects. Symptoms can last for days, weeks, or even longer.
Long Term Effects of a Concussion
Long term effects of concussions are rare, most symptoms resolve within a few weeks. However, if the brain doesn’t have enough time to heal between injuries than post-concussion syndrome can form. Only 20% of people might suffer from post-concussion syndrome, this is when symptoms continue after six weeks.
Symptoms such as:
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory problems
- Irritability and other personality changes
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Sleep disturbances
- Depression and other psychological problems
- Disorders of smell and taste
To reduce risk of short-term problems turning into long term ones, please see a doctor within 1-2 days of a head injury.
If diagnosed with a head injury take it slow. Get plenty of rest and refrain from pushing your body. Go for light walks or riding a stationary bike and for once we advise not to do any homework!