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How Long Does a Concussion Last after an Auto Accident?

Whether it is a high-speed collision or a low-speed one, concussions and head wounds can still occur in a car accident. Despite the fact that auto manufacturers have developed extensive safety components in motor vehicles, the safest feature – the seat belt – is only designed to protect your chest and torso. Unfortunately, your head remains vulnerable during a crash.

Even when an airbag is deployed, injuries still happen. Head injuries can cause lasting symptoms; even it is just a concussion. Long-term concussion effects depend on the severity of the injury.

The following is a three-point scale by which concussions are graded:

  • Grade I concussions are mild
  • Grade II concussions are moderate
  • Grade III concussions are severe

Typically, Grade I or Grade II concussions take one to two weeks to heal. However, Grade III concussion symptoms can last for months.

Common symptoms associated with concussions include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Feeling of a “mental fog”
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

While broken bones have the capacity to heal over time, concussion symptoms can have lingering effects if you decide to return to work or school in a quick manner. To make sure that you are completely healed, a doctor can examine your brain with the assistance of an MRI machine. If left unchecked, symptoms can worsen and extend the healing process.

Upon diagnosis, the doctor can prescribe a cognitive and physical therapy, medication, and plenty of rest. In regards to severe concussions, symptoms will likely won’t resolve for months. Fortunately, if you commit yourself to the rehabilitation plan and ease your way back into your daily routine, you will slowly start to notice the symptoms will lessen.

If you have suffered a concussion after a car accident, contact QualCare Rehabilitation and speak with our Houston car accident doctors today.