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Understanding post-concussion syndrome

| Jan 9, 2019 | Brain Injury |

It may easy for those in Ocean County who have experienced head trauma and escaped only with a concussion to feel as though they dodged a bullet. In a certain context they have, considering that a concussion is considered to be only a mild traumatic brain injury from which recovery is entirely possible. Yet even something as seemingly mundane as a concussion can cause long-term deleterious effects. The amount of time it may take one to adequately deal with their concussion-related issues could be a determining factor in whether or not they seek compensation to help cover the costs associated with recovery. 

According to the organization Head Case, 3.8 million new concussion cases are reported each year in the U.S. Many of these cases will see the issues that the victims are experiencing abate in a few days or weeks. Yet some may see their current symptoms continue on for much longer (with new problems setting in, as well). This continued suffering is what is known as post-concussion syndrome, and it can have debilitating effects that interfere with one’s professional and personal life. 

The Mayo Clinic lists common signs of post-concussion syndrome to be: 

  • Frequent headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Abnormal noise and light sensitivity 
  • Concentration and memory issues
  • Insomnia 
  • Dizziness and fatigue

Increased anxiety can also be a symptom of post-concussion syndrome, which is interesting because some researchers believe that this condition may be rooted in psychology. Many of it’s symptoms mirror those of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. This has led to the formation of theories that even if post-concussion syndrome is not a psychological condition, those suffering from psychological issues may be more prone to develop it. 

As no corrective measures exist to deal with the damage caused by concussions, treatment for post-concussion syndrome focuses on managing symptoms. 

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