Concussions are a fairly common sports injury, but they can affect anyone. Any strong impact to the cranium can cause a concussion, whether you slipped on ice or got in an accident. A single concussion usually does not have too serious of implications. However, multiple concussions can lead to very serious complications.
How do I know if I’ve had a concussion?
Concussions can be difficult to diagnose. Although you may have a visible cut or bruise on your head, you can’t actually see a concussion. The signs and symptoms of a concussion are often subtle and may not show up immediately. Some symptoms can last for days, weeks or even months.
Common symptoms after a concussion are headache, loss of memory (amnesia) and confusion. The amnesia typically involves forgetting the event that caused the concussion.
Physical symptoms and signs of a concussion may include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Blurry vision
Other symptoms of a concussion are:
- Confusion or feeling “foggy”
- Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
- Dizziness or “seeing stars”
What happens if a concussion goes untreated?
No one is exempt from the possibility of a concussion; although athletes, children, senior citizens, and those with ‘high-risk’ jobs are much more likely to suffer head and brain injuries. No impact to the head should be taken lightly. The long-term effects of untreated, under-treated, or mistreated concussions can be wide ranging. The impairment caused by post-concussion syndrome can manifest in many areas of life, including some areas you may not suspect. These are five areas of life where a person with untreated concussion symptoms may struggle long after the injury has occurred:
- Academics: Student who suffer from concussions often miss weeks or even months of classes and report trouble focusing on tasks and schoolwork.
- Relationships: Individuals who suffer from concussions often have difficulty reintegrating into their daily lives, which leads to dysfunction and emotional stress.
- Job performance: Impaired focus, attention and coordination are significantly impact with most head injuries. These problems can have a profoundly negative impact on job performance.
- Physical ability: Vertigo, balance issues, headaches, dizziness, and other pain syndromes, heart rate irregularities, digestive issues, and even seizures are just some of the physical problems experienced by those with one or more concussions.
- Mental health: Mental illness and behavioral disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, phobias, PTSD, and addiction are often the end result for many with untreated head injuries. Stress and emotional turmoil will very likely cause mental health challenges left untreated.
Can you have a concussion and not know it?
Headaches may be the most widely known manifestation of a concussion. The intensity and frequency varies with the severity of the concussion, but consistent headaches is a big red flag
Sensitivity to noise and light can also be impacted with a concussion. What was previously an acceptable sound or brightness is now painful or unbearable — usually happening immediately. Nausea or vomiting can be a common symptom when exposed to bright lights or loud sounds. Another indication is getting fatigued easily and having low energy. Dizziness, blurry vision and balance problems, are additional signs that something may be wrong.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a concussion, or you believe they are, please contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us at (860) 454-0678 or visit us online at www.priorityuc.com. We are located at 105 West Road Ellington, CT 06029.