All About Concussion

All About Concussion

Concussions are a surprisingly common occurrence in the United States.  Concussions are technically mild traumatic brain injuries that are caused by the brain rocking back and forth against the skull.  There has been a lot of talk about concussion in the sports world.  Sports that require excessive force and impact, including but not limited to football and boxing, can lead to concussions.  While the side effects of concussions typically subside over time, people who suffer from multiple concussions, such as athletes, may begin to notice long term consequences.

Some concussions cause people to lose consciousness, while others do not.  Therefore, some people may suffer from a concussion but not know it.  Typical symptoms include headache or head pressure, temporary loss of consciousness, confusion and amnesia, dizziness, slurring of speech, nausea, and fatigue.  If these symptoms occur, they tend to be immediate.  Delayed symptoms may occur as well.  These symptoms include problems with memory or concentration, irritability, and changes in personality, sleep disturbances, depression, or sensitivity to light and noise.  If you or a loved one has experienced some kind of rough impact and notice any of these symptoms, be sure to visit a doctor immediately.

If you are an athlete who has experienced a concussion, it is important to seek help from a doctor as soon as possible.  Athletes are advised not to return to any kind of training until the concussion is gone completely; otherwise, it can become worse.  Concussions can be dangerous because they come with many complications.  Patients can begin having headaches, post-concussion syndrome, vertigo, and longer-lasting complications after each concussion.  While there are treatments available, there is no cure for patients who have undergone multiple concussions and are now suffering long term side effects.

Typically, rest is the best way to treat a concussion.  This includes avoiding all sports, training, and even normal day to day activity.  Medication can be given for nausea and vomiting.  However, there is no real treatment available.  Currently, stem cells are being tested as a possible treatment for post-concussion syndrome.  The thought is that stem cells can replace to heal damaged brain cells that may be leading to confusion, personality changes, and headaches.  While stem cells show a lot of promise, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done before stem cell therapy is a common treatment for post-concussion syndrome.

Concussions may seem like a small thing when they do not cause loss of consciousness.  However, any time a person sustains a concussion, they are increasing their likelihood of having long last effects later on in life.  Many sports have come up with better padding and protective equipment.  However, in sports such as football and boxing, there is no way to avoid multiple concussions.  Football has come into the spotlight for long term problems related to concussions.  There is talk of changing football to touch football or even abolishing football altogether.  Any kind of brain injury is serious, but hopefully, stem cell therapy can help those suffering from concussions in the future.

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