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The Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

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Did you know that you can suffer a concussion without losing consciousness? Or that it is possible to lose consciousness and not realize it?

Far too many people think that they will absolutely know when they have suffered a concussion or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), but the truth is that the very nature of a brain injury means that it can be difficult for an injury victim to recognize what has happened. In addition, some people might suffer a concussion but not realize that they have ongoing symptoms that need treatment until hours, days, or even weeks after the incident.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • A temporary loss of consciousness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Poor balance
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Memory loss and memory issues
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue and sleepiness
  • Slurred speech and language issues

Some signs and symptoms of a concussion that may be delayed may include:

  • Short and long-term memory problems
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Behavioral issues and personality changes
  • Issues with taste
  • Issues with smell
  • Irritability or issues with anger
  • Disordered sleep and insomnia

What to do After a Concussion at Work

Many workers make the mistake of brushing off a concussion and returning to their task without reporting it and seeking medical attention. But, even though a concussion might not have any visible signs, it is still a serious injury. Not treating a head injury could be dangerous to yourself and your coworkers, affect your long-term health, and even put your life in danger. At the same time, not reporting a head injury could make it impossible to get the workers’ compensation benefits that you need to pay your medical bills and help you recover at home.

When consulting with the doctor, be sure to share all of your symptoms and be honest about how you are feeling – unlike other injuries, it can be hard to know the effects of a concussion unless they are clearly reported. If you notice more signs and symptoms after the visit, call and report them immediately.

As strange as it sounds, it is important to rest your brain after a concussion. Avoid activities like reading difficult books, listening to loud music, or going to an action movie. Instead, try to rest, visit with one or two friends, engage in simple activities, and stay in low-light environments. You can work up to your regular activities as time passes.

Get Treatment for Your Concussion at Work Injury MD Today

At Work Injury MD, our clinic can help you recover from a concussion or brain injury with thoughtful diagnostic tests and a full range of treatments. We understand how devastating and frustrating a head injury can be, and we also understand the best ways to help our patients recover and return to work.

Even mild concussion can leave some injury victims reeling for days, weeks, or months. We are here to make sure that your head injury is approached carefully, thoroughly, and with the seriousness that it deserves. To learn more about our clinic’s services, to speak with our doctor, or to make an appointment at our Dallas offices, please contact us today.