Today, we’re diving into an important topic: concussions. Concussion Awareness Day was this past week, September 20th, and we want to make sure you have all the information you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe if and when a head injury occurs. So, let’s get started!
Concussions 101: Just the Basics
A concussion is a type of brain injury that happens when you hit your head really hard. Imagine your brain is like a soft, squishy sponge inside your skull. When you bump your head, the brain can move around and get shaken up.
How Are Concussions Classified?
Concussions can be classified into different categories based on how severe they are. Here are three main categories:
- Mild Concussion: This is the least serious type. It might make you feel dizzy, have a headache, or a bit confused, but the symptoms usually go away on their own after a little while.
- Moderate Concussion: A moderate concussion is a bit more serious. You might feel more confused and dizzy, and the symptoms can last longer.
- Severe Concussion: This is the most serious type. You could lose consciousness (which means you pass out), and the effects can potentially be really dangerous to your health. Severe concussions need medical attention right away.
It’s very important to remember that concussions are like snowflakes – no two are exactly the same. Some people might have mild ones that get better quickly, while others might have more severe ones that take longer to heal.
If you ever bump your head and feel funny afterward, it’s always a good idea to be examined by a doctor or other health care provider. Your brain is your most important organ, so keeping it safe and sound is essential to your overall health and wellbeing.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion: What to Look Out For
Concussions can happen to anyone, anywhere. It’s crucial to recognize the signs and symptoms in order to take appropriate action. Here’s what to look out for:
- Headache: If you have a persistent headache after a head injury, it could be a sign of a concussion.
- Dizziness: Feeling lightheaded or dizzy is a common sign of concussion after experiencing head trauma .
- Confusion: A concussed person might feel confused or have trouble concentrating following a head injury.
- Nausea and Vomiting: Feeling queasy or throwing up can occur with concussions.
- Sensitivity to Light and Noise: Bright lights or loud sounds may bother the concussed brain.
- Balance Problems: Trouble with balance or coordination can be a red flag of concussion and shouldn’t be ignored.
- Memory Issues: Forgetfulness or difficulty remembering what happened before the injury could signal brain trauma and a possible concussion.
Remember, these symptoms might not show up immediately, so it’s important to monitor how you feel after any head injury.
Preventing concussions is the best way to avoid experiencing any negative effects due to brain trauma. Here’s how you can reduce your risk:
- Wear Proper Safety Gear: Whether you’re riding a bike, playing sports, or doing any activity with a risk of head injury, wear the right safety gear, especially helmets.
- Safe Play: Encourage safe and fair play in sports to minimize the chances of head injuries.
- Home Safety: Make sure your home is safe to prevent falls, especially for children and the elderly. This can look like removing or securing area rugs, being mindful to keep walkways clear of clutter, or installing grab bars in the bathtub or near the toilet.
- Seatbelts: Always use seatbelts in cars and booster seats for young children.
Seeking Medical Attention: When it’s More Than Just a Bump on the Head
If you or someone you know experiences a head injury, it’s vital to know when to seek medical help:
- Loss of Consciousness: If someone loses consciousness, call 911 immediately.
- Severe Symptoms: If symptoms are severe or getting worse as time goes on following a head injury, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.
- Prolonged Symptoms: If symptoms last for an extended period, consult a healthcare professional.
- Head Injuries in Children: Always have children examined by a health care provider after a head injury, even if symptoms seem mild.
Summing it up:
Concussions are serious, but with the right knowledge and the proper precautions, you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Remember, safety first! If you have any concerns or questions about concussions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Swift Urgent Care. We can evaluate you following a head injury and refer you for the proper follow up care as needed. Walk in without an appointment or book your spot ahead of time. We’ll be happy to help you.