Concussions and Car Accidents: What You Should Know

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When involved in car accident, a concussion is one of the injuries that you may sustain. But, what is a concussion and how is this medical condition treated?

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Coming from a Latin word that translates to mean, “to shake violently,” a concussion is generally caused by a sudden or direct blow to the head. Frequently associated with sports and other recreational activities, concussions can also be caused by falls, fighting, work-related incidents and bicycle and car accidents. 

What are the Signs of a Concussion?

Signs from a concussion may occur immediately or may take several days or even weeks to appear. In addition, they may last for only a few seconds or they may linger for a period of time. Some of the signs include:

  • Behavioral changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Clumsiness
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Light sensitivity
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep problems
  • Slowed response to questions
  • Slurred speech

You may also lose consciousness in association with a concussion.

How is a Concussion Treated?

Recovering from a concussion requires simply giving the body time to heal while also addressing any associated pain or other symptoms. Rest is generally prescribed, with steps also taken to guard against repeat concussions. Since repeat concussions can have a cumulative effect on the brain, it is essential to take steps to prevent additional concussions in the future. You should not resume normal activities until you receive clearance from your doctor. This includes returning to work or engaging in sports or other activities that you put you at risk for concussion. Pain associated with concussions is generally treated with aspirin-free pain relievers.

To learn more about concussions or to receive treatment following a car accident, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today!