Concussions: Not Just Caused by Sports

concussionRecently, everyone seems to be talking about the importance of properly managing the effects of concussions among athletes, both young and old. However, concussions, which are a type of mild traumatic brain injury, can also be caused by automobile accidents, falls and other blows to the head. People of all ages can suffer from a concussion and it is important to evaluate and treat the symptoms, which can sometimes be subtle.

Often, an individual merely complains of not feeling like “my old self.”  The most commonly reported symptoms include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • fogginess
  • fatigue
  • memory problems
  • irritability
  • difficulty concentrating
  • sensory (light and sound) sensitivity

While concussion management among those involved in sports involves evaluating, treating and managing symptoms in order to return the athlete to play, treatment for non-athletes focuses on guiding the individual back to normal activities, which may include work, school and leisure activities.  Experts agree that “brain rest” is very important when someone has a concussion. A gradual return to activities as symptoms subside is recommended.

Often an individual may require specialized treatment services, such as physical, occupational, cognitive and neuropsychological therapies, if recovery is complicated or symptoms persist. In any case, utilizing the services of a comprehensive concussion management program with an expert team of professionals will assure that the injured person receives optimal care and is able to return to life’s activities as soon as possible.

Learn more about Good Shepherd’s Concussion Management Program.

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