What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that temporarily affects brain function. problems can range from loss of memory and concentration, mental confusion, headaches, to loss of consciousness. Concussions are usually mild, and the effects do not always manifest immediately. Most people recover fully after going through a period of concussion. 

What causes a concussion?

Concussions are typically caused by a forceful blow to the head-face-neck region, that may happen during a fight or during playing contact sports like Football or wrestling. It can also be caused by a violent shaking of the head and upper body, as typically happens during a car accident. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of concussion often lie dormant for days, and are manifested very subtly, so many don't even realize they have had a concussion. It can last for days, weeks, and even longer. 

Immediate signs:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Temporary loss of consciousness 
  • Headaches and feelings of pressure in the head
  • Dizziness and mental confusion
  • Slurred speech and delayed movements
  • Temporary memory loss
Long-term signs:
  • Sleep problems
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Irritability and mood disorders
  • Loss of vision and balance