Thousands of people in Michigan experience violent trauma for a wide range of reasons, many of them due to accidents of various causes. Among the most serious are any injuries damaging the brain, a concussion being one type of brain injury.
A concussion may or may not be a catastrophic brain injury, as the symptoms and long-term effects of a concussion can vary based on the severity of trauma. But it’s important to know what to do if you suspect you or someone you know might have received a concussion.
The basics on a concussion
A concussion is an injury to the brain, usually caused by a sharp blow or unexpected bump. The impact causes the brain to move around within your skull, sometimes even striking the skull depending on how dramatic the impact is.
The jarring can cause various effects on the brain, from bruising to nerve damage to blood vessel damage or bleeding. This impairs the function of your brain, affecting your vision and ability to think clearly.
Auto accidents can cause concussions, sports, falls, and any other circumstance leading to a jolt or blow affecting the head and neck region.
Symptoms of a concussion and what to do
In the immediate aftermath of a concussion, the victim is likely to feel dazed, clumsy or confused. They may have a headache and struggle with their balance. Depending on the severity of the impact, they may vomit or feel nauseous.
The concussion sufferer may seem impaired when conversing or answering questions. They may be extra sensitive to light and noise and have difficulty concentrating.
Concussion symptoms can last for days or even longer, especially if a person has suffered multiple concussions. If you suspect you or someone you know has received a concussion, seek medical treatment at your earliest convenience.
A concussion is a serious brain injury, with significant negative effects both in the immediate aftermath and potentially over the long-term. Protect your head whenever possible, and don’t ignore signs of a concussion.