St. Vincent's Dr. Erica talks about Concussions

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Concussions are a type a traumatic brain injury from a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This also causes the brain to bounce or twist in the skull from the sudden movement. There are then chemical changes in the brain, and sometimes stretching and damage to the brain cells. 

There are several symptoms of concussions that fall into four categories. The physical effects, thinking and remembering, social or emotional changes, and sleep. Physically, there could be sensitivity to light and noise, vision problems, dizziness or balance issues, a feeling of tiredness or no energy, and headaches. Nausea or vomiting can occur but are more likely earlier on. Thinking or remembering things can also be affected. We normally see this with attention or concentration issues, feeling slowed down and trouble thinking clearly foggy or groggy feelings, and problems with short- or long-term memory. Being anxious or nervous, irritable or easily angered, and feeling generally more emotional are all signs of how a concussion affects someone socially or emotionally. 
A patient may also see sleep issues. Whether they are sleeping more or less than usual or having trouble falling asleep.     

There are some treatment options available. When helping a child recover from a concussion you should follow four simple steps. These steps are resting right after the injury which is when the symptoms are more severe, within a few days gradually return the child to regular activities, when symptoms are nearly gone return to most regular activities, and recovery from a concussion is when your child is able to do all of their regular activities without experiencing any concussion symptoms. It generally takes 24-48 hours to see any symptom relief.  

Children should not return to sports or activities the same day of the injury and should wait to have the okay from a doctor with experience of evaluating concussions. While visiting with the doctor, ask for written instructions about when your child can safely return to sports. 

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