Why You Should Take Concussion Injuries Seriously
A concussion is an injury that affects the brain, often resulting from a fall or a traumatic blow to the head. Concussions typically cause a temporary loss of brain function, which may affect skills such as speech, comprehension, and memory. While many concussions will heal on their own, it is impossible to determine the extent of the injury to the brain without a medical professional—after experiencing a concussion, it’s vital to visit your hospital’s emergency room for an evaluation.
The Effects Can Be Long-Lasting
Concussions can cause effects that include difficulty remembering information and events, trouble solving problems and thinking clearly, physical symptoms such as headaches and blurred vision, and changes that affect mood and sleep patterns. Most patients recover from a concussion in a matter of days or weeks, but serious concussions can result in effects that last much longer. The best way to facilitate recovery after a severe concussion is to gradually reintroduce mental and physical activities, slowly increasing the amount of work the brain must perform over time to allow healing.
Multiple Concussions Can Have Serious Consequences
Although a single concussion often has a low risk for causing lasting damage, multiple concussions significantly raise your risk for severe or permanent effects. Even a mild second concussion that occurs shortly after the first and before the brain has fully recovered from the primary injury can carry a high chance of permanent disability and even death. Second concussions that occur after the initial injury has resolved can still pose a serious threat to long-term health and wellness, as well as cause reduced cognitive function and slower recovery. After experiencing a concussion, it’s essential to avoid activities that could result in a second concussion until well after the injury has had sufficient time to heal.
Head injuries should always be evaluated by an experienced medical provider. You can check West Hills Hospital’s average ER wait times and find out more about treating head trauma, burns, and other injuries on our website, or call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (818) 676-4321 for personalized help.