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Why All Concussions Should Be Taken Seriously

No matter how it happens, a blow to the head is a serious matter that should not be overlooked. Whether you hit your head in a car accident or after slipping and falling, it is important to seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Failure to do so could result in serious, permanent injury or, in the most severe cases, premature death.

A Concussion is a Brain Injury!

Because concussions are a fairly common injury, many people make the mistake of thinking that they are not serious. Quite the opposite is true – a concussion is a brain injury, and any injury to the control center of the body should be taken seriously. Even if a blow to the head doesn’t result in loss of consciousness, that doesn’t mean that no injury occurred.

Just Because You’re Not in Pain Does Not Mean You are Not Injured!

Because the brain does not have pain receptive systems in place the same way that the rest of the body does, the brain can suffer critical damage while causing only sparse symptoms. However, just because you don’t feel any pain does not mean that your brain isn’t injured! Since it may not be immediately clear whether a brain injury has occurred, it is extremely important to see a doctor. Undiagnosed brain injuries, such as concussions, often worsen with time, so the sooner you see a doctor, the better your chances of making a full recovery and avoiding long-term problems.

See a doctor right away if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms after a blow to the head:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to noise and/or light
  • Balance problems
  • Memory difficulty
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mood changes such as depression, anger, irritability, or anxiety

Depending on the severity of the injury and the patient’s age, health, and history of previous concussions, it could take anywhere from days to months to recover from a brain injury. Without prompt medical treatment, brain injuries could lead to a host of potential long-term consequences, including personality changes, aggression or depression, seizures, psychosis, progressive dementia, Parkinson’s disease, thoughts of suicide, and more.

It is never a good idea to ignore a potential brain injury. If you have been injured in an accident, contact QualCare Rehabilitation and Allied Medical Centers as soon as possible. Our qualified staff is ready to assess your injury and give you the treatment you need to recover and get your life back.