Concussion Injuries: How Long Do They Take To Heal
A concussion is typically defined as a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain function. Although concussions are generally not thought of as life-threatening, the side effects can be potentially serious, especially if ignored. Every brain injury is different, so individuals may experience different symptoms at different times, and heal at different speeds, depending on the extent of their injury and their age.
Symptoms do not always appear in the immediate aftermath of a concussion. In fact, they are often subtle and missed by patients, family, and even doctors. It is possible for weeks to pass before any symptoms begin to surface. Some of the warning signs to look out for in adults include:
- Worsening headaches
- Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
- Repeated vomiting
If someone cannot be awakened right away, or is experiencing convulsions or seizures, or is slurring their speech, they should be taken to the hospital for urgent treatment.
If a child has received a blow or jolt to the head, it is important to take them to emergency care, especially if they are exhibiting the following symptoms:
- Any of the aforementioned symptoms for adults
- Cannot be consoled
- Will not nurse or eat
Although the speed with which one recovers from a concussion varies from patient to patient, especially if a person was already suffering from another medical problem at the time, there are some things that can be done to aid recovery. This includes:
- Getting plenty of rest.
- Gradually returning to normal activities.
- Avoiding activities that may cause another brain injury.
- Speak with your doctor to find out about an appropriate time to return to work or school.
- Only take drugs approved by your doctor.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages until your doctor says you are well enough. Alcohol consumption can slow the recovery process and put you at risk for further injury.
Concussions are linked to long-term brain damage and progressive neurodegenerative disease. If you or a loved one are a former NCAA athlete and have suffered concussions or concussion-like symptoms, it is important to contact one of our sports injury attorneys at Shrader & Associates L.L.P., so we can protect your legal claims.
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