While we cover a great deal of news on injuries, events, and scientific research on issues of the brain and spinal cord, we also strive to provide the most up to date information on prevention, safety, identification, and treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries. Today, taking a cue from a CNYlink article, we will provide information on how to prevent, identify, and seek treatment for concussions. In recent months, it has become evident to any watching the news that concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries, not just a bump on the head to be taken lightly.
The most readily occurring concussions and brain injuries take place in falls, sports accidents, getting hit in the head, and automobile accidents. Many of the most traumatic injuries can be prevented or at least their effects lessened by wearing seatbelts and helmets, and taking proper precautions when working on ladders or at great heights. Even better fitting and higher quality shoes can help the elderly from slipping and falling.
Once an accident has happened, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a more serious brain injury, which may not be readily identified by an untrained observer. The symptoms reported in the article include, ‘headache, nausea/vomiting, dizziness/balance problems, double/blurry vision, sensitivity to light and noise, memory problems, confusion, difficulty concentrating and paying attention, decreased energy, change in sleep patterns and ringing in the ears.’ The recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. Some people never recover fully.
Parents, teachers, and families of those at higher risk of concussionï‚¾including those who have had previous concussionsï‚¾should know that recovery from a brain injury takes a substantial amount of rest and support. Even the most mild of concussions should be handled with the utmost seriousness and care. The risk of long-term brain damage and death is far greater in brain injury survivors. Many pro-football players with dementia and other issues can attest to this fact.
If you or someone you know suffers from a blow to the head accompanied by a loss of consciousness, it is very important to consult a doctor immediately. Call 911 if there is any doubt as to whether or not a loss of consciousness has occurred. The longer you wait before getting help, the worse the injury could be. There are methods and treatments just beginning to emerge that work the best when administered just after an injury has taken place. Stay aware and pay attention!
Zimmerman, Tami S. (March 30, 2010) ‘St. Camillus informs readers how to identify, treat concussions.’ Retrieved on March 30, 2010 from the CNYlink website:http://www.cnylink.com/cnynews/view_news.php?news_id=1269960463