Suspect A Concussion? How to Help Your Recovery

Source: health.clevelandclinic.org | Re-Post Duerson Fund 8/24/2017 – 

Between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions are believed to occur across the United States each year. Increased awareness has prompted an increase in diagnosis of concussive injuries.

What is a concussion? It’s a short-lived functional brain injury, typically caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head.

If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspect that you or a loved one has a concussion, treatment — including physical and mental rest — should start right away. Don’t wait to seek help from a medical professional with expertise in evaluating and managing concussions.

Warning Signs Of Concussion

Because problems can arise in the first 24 to 48 hours after a head injury, anyone suspected of sustaining a concussion should be monitored for worsening symptoms, including:

  • Repetitive nausea or vomiting
  • Pupils that are enlarged or unequal in size
  • Unusual or bizarre behavior
  • Inability to recognize people or places
  • Seizures
  • Severe dizziness
  • Progressively worsening headache
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Excessive drowsiness or fainting
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty waking from sleep
  • If you have any concerns at all after a head injury, seek medical attention immediately.

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