When people think of concussions, they have a tendency to think of sports-related injuries. Nowadays, we hear a great deal about it due to what we have seen happen in the NFL. Although, it’s quite common to see this issue in the sports arena, we also see it frequently in other areas such as car accidents, construction sites, falls at work, and even injuries sustained in the house. Some people even tell me that they injured themselves because “I have always been clumsy”. Regardless of what caused the trauma, most patients suffer from memory problems, headaches, dizziness, mental fogginess, and neck pain.
For most people, symptoms will resolve after a few weeks. For others, symptoms may continue to linger. Repeated head trauma can lead to a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy which causes significant cognitive and psychiatric issues. It is very important to have a formal evaluation which includes a comprehensive physical examination. At times, further evaluation with appropriate imaging and other diagnostic modalities are necessary. If the injury is sports related, athletes will likely need to sit out for a period of time before they can resume play. They should be monitored during this time. The road to recovery can be difficult but there are ways to optimize recovery.
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