What Happens After a Concussion?

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Concussion is an invisible injury. You don’t see anything on the outside of the body, because the damage is done in the brain on a cellular level. Concussion happens when the head is jarred in such a way that the brain twists and turns in the skull and bumps into the bones on the side of impact and on the opposite side.

This jarring and bumping causes a sort of reset in the brain, which is why many concussion symptoms may not be noticed until days, weeks, or even months after the injury. This is known as post-concussion syndrome.

Concussion patients, their caregivers and support teams understand why extra rest and care is needed in the weeks and months after a mild concussion, and so they aren’t frustrated as they recover. This is especially true for student athletes, who are expected to go back to school and practice shortly after a head injury.

Since concussion doesn’t leave a trace, the only way we can diagnose it is by identifying the cause and watching for recognizable symptoms. Many times, these symptoms may not appear until one to two days following the injury. Most concussion injuries resolve themselves within 7 to 10 days, although it make take longer to heal in children.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

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When at least three concussion symptoms are still seen more than a week following head trauma, we call it post-concussion syndrome. This occurs when someone is still experiencing effects three to four weeks following injury, including:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty in concentration and performing mental tasks
  • Memory impairment
  • Insomnia
  • Reduced tolerance to stress, emotional excitement and alcohol
  • Depression or anxiety resulting from loss of self-esteem or fear of permanent brain damage

It’s important to note that although students return to activity slowly, they may be expected to jump right back in academically. Even though it’s not realistic to expect a student to sit out a week or more of class, a slow return to academics is appropriate.

In order to provide the best concussion care, we need to see patients within 24 hours of an accident if possible. Elevate Health Clinics has locations in Dallas and Colleyville for your convenience, as well a trusted network of providers to help you get the care you need. From chiropractors, orthopedics, and pain management specialists, to finding an attorney to help bring your accident claim, we can help you get all your accident needs managed so that you can focus on what’s most important: your recovery. Make an appointment today by calling 855-435-3828, or email us at info@elevateclinics.com.

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