A concussion occurs when a person receives a blow to the head. Since a concussion is a mild brain injury, it often changes the structure at the cellular level and impacts the way the brain functions.
One of the most common misconceptions about a concussion is that doctors can only diagnose with brain imaging tools such as a CT scan or MRI. However, often brain changes do not appear on these tests. That leaves doctors to diagnose a concussion by symptoms alone. The most typical ones include:
Changes in memory
Loss of consciousness
Sensitivity to light and sound
Slow reaction time
Not everyone experiences all of these symptoms and it's common not to experience them right away. It could be several days or even weeks until some of these issues show up for the first time.
Loss of Consciousness
Another persistent myth is that a person must lose consciousness for a doctor to classify his or her brain injury as a concussion. The reality is that most people with this type of brain injury do not report a loss of consciousness at the time of the original injury. Some people can remember every detail of what happened while others have amnesia or can only come up with some of the details.
Rest is Necessary
If the brain injured person's doctor has ruled out more serious injuries, he or she can sleep uninterrupted. In fact, rest is the best way to start healing the brain. Many people make the mistake of trying to jump back into their regular activities right away, which only prolongs healing. It's especially important to avoid intense physical activities, screen time, and tasks that require problem-solving and deep concentration.
Even a mild concussion can affect many areas of a person's life and produce long-term problems such as changes in thinking, vision impairment, imbalance, and emotional disturbance. At Progressive Therapy Associates, we work with patients to identify their most pressing issues and create a comprehensive treatment plan to address them. It will take time, dedication, and patience, to gradually recover from a brain injury.Free Consultation