What Are Concussions?
Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that affect millions of individuals each year. While they often occur in the context of sports, they can happen in everyday life as well, anything that causes a quick whiplash effect can cause one. This blog, the first in our series on concussions and vestibular issues, will focus on understanding concussions, their symptoms, and the importance of seeking prompt medical attention.
Common Symptoms of Concussions:
Concussions can manifest in a wide range of symptoms, and their effects can vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Headaches: Many individuals who experience concussions report having headaches. These headaches can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.
- Dizziness and Balance Issues: A sense of dizziness or unsteadiness is common. It’s often related to disruptions in the brain’s balance centers.
- Nausea and Vomiting: These symptoms can occur as a result of the disruption in brain function and heightened sensitivity to motion.
- Sensitivity to Light and Sound: Known as photophobia and phonophobia, these sensitivities can make exposure to light and loud noises uncomfortable.
- Cognitive Changes: Concussions can affect cognitive functions, leading to difficulty with memory, concentration, and decision-making.
- Emotional Changes: Mood swings, irritability, and even anxiety or depression can occur.
Seeking Prompt Medical Attention:
It’s crucial to take any potential head injury seriously. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of a concussion, it’s essential to seek prompt medical evaluation. Even if the symptoms seem mild, it’s not advisable to ignore them.
Untreated concussions can lead to more severe symptoms and complications down the line. Seeking immediate medical attention ensures an accurate diagnosis, guides the appropriate course of action, and helps prevent further injury.
At Movement Theory Physical Therapy & Wellness, we understand the complexities of concussions and the impact they can have on your life. If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a concussion or have concerns about potential symptoms, we’re here to help.
In the next installment of our series, we’ll delve deeper into concussions, exploring their causes and potential complications. We’re dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and support you need to navigate the world of concussions and vestibular issues. Remember, seeking help is the first step toward a safe and successful recovery.