When it comes to head injuries, concussions are one of the most common types you can get. This does not mean you should discount the severity of a concussion, no matter how mild. At Bendall & Mednick, we understand how important it is for Schenectady residents to be accurately diagnosed with a brain injury, as well as to have the diagnosis in a timely manner. A missed or delayed diagnosis can be debilitating or even deadly when it comes to concussions.
According to the Mayo Clinic, concussions can be easily missed. If you hit your head during sports, at work or in an accident, but are able to function afterwards, you might not even know that you have a concussion. Not understanding the severity of your injury, and therefore not having it treated properly, could result in such complications as an increased risk for epilepsy, a more severe concussion the next time you are hit on the head or significant mental impairment.
Some of the signs that you may have a concussion include a persistent headache, dizziness, confusion and fatigue. You might have experienced a brief loss of consciousness at the time of the accident, or have difficulty remembering what happened. You could have nausea, vomiting, ringing in your ears or speech difficulties. Later, you might notice difficulty concentrating or remembering things, depression, problems sleeping or uncharacteristic changes in your mood.
If you are accurately diagnosed with a concussion, your doctor will most likely recommend physical and mental rest. This would mean refraining from sports or other strenuous activities, as well as taking a break from reading, homework, watching television and being on a computer. Of course, without a proper diagnosis, you might resume your normal activities within days of your accident, which could cause serious consequences.
You may learn more about head injury matters by visiting our brain injury page.