Common Post-Concussion Symptoms
A “concussion” is the term used to describe an injury that occurs when a trauma victim’s brain hits the inside of the skull with enough force to cause a disruption in normal brain activity. These injuries are common among athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, soccer, and martial arts. With proper treatment, the symptoms of a concussion typically clear up in a matter of weeks. However, in some cases complications can occur, leading to the development of the more serious post-concussion syndrome (PCS).
The symptoms of PCS mirror the symptoms of a concussion, however, can last for months or even years after the initial injury took place. Furthermore, each individual may experience the condition differently, with specific symptoms depending on the severity of an injury as well as the parts of the brain that were damaged. The condition can lead to a drastic reduction in victim’s day-to-day enjoyment of life.
Common physical and cognitive symptoms of PCS can include:
- Constant fatigue or tiredness despite seemingly adequate rest
- Trouble with memory recall, concentration, and focus
- Mood swings and behavioral changes such as anxiety and depression
- Physical pains including persistent headaches and migraines
- Reduction or loss of sensory perception
Treatments for PCS typically focus on easing symptoms. For example, a physician might prescribe pain medications for migraines or refer patients to specialists for the treatment of psychological conditions. While there is disagreement within the medical community as to the exact causes of PCS, risk factors can include age as well as previous head trauma. Due to the varying nature of symptoms, it is critical for victims to seek ongoing medical care and monitor their condition closely with the appropriate medical professionals.
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