It’s a common myth that you shouldn’t sleep after sustaining a concussion, but rest is actually vital for recovery. Rest helps the brain heal, so sleep is beneficial. That said, if someone’s symptoms are severe or worsening, it may be recommended to wake them periodically to check for deteriorating condition, including worsening headaches, increased confusion, difficulty walking, or seizures. It’s always best to follow the advice of a healthcare provider.
While rare, concussions can potentially increase the risk of seizures, especially if the injury involves a more severe brain trauma. It is important to monitor for any seizure activity and seek medical attention if seizures occur.
Yes, concussions can affect coordination and motor skills. Balance problems, difficulty with fine motor tasks, or coordination issues may be experienced temporarily. Rehabilitation exercises and therapy may be recommended to address these challenges.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also be caused by a fall or a hit to the body that causes the head to move suddenly. Concussions can cause a number of symptoms, both short and long-term.
Supporting a loved one recovering from a concussion means helping them follow medical advice, ensuring they get adequate rest, and avoiding activities that could worsen their symptoms. Initially, they may need to limit physical exertion and screen time, and as they improve, they can gradually increase activities under medical guidance. Emotional support is crucial as it can be frustrating dealing with the limitations imposed by a concussion and the unpredictability of the recovery process. Additionally, advocating for their needs, whether at school or work, can help create an environment conducive to their recovery. Each person’s concussion recovery will look different, so patience and understanding are key.
Yes, concussions can affect executive functioning, which includes skills such as planning, organizing, problem-solving, and decision-making. Difficulties in these areas may be experienced temporarily and can impact daily activities and work performance.
Recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) largely depends on the severity of the injury, the person’s overall health, and the quality of treatment received. While full or near-full recovery is expected in mild cases, such as concussions, severe TBIs can result in lasting physical, cognitive, and emotional changes. The recovery process includes initial medical stabilization followed by rehabilitation to regain as much function as possible. Despite potential long-term disabilities in severe cases, improvements can continue over years, albeit at a slower pace. Ongoing research into neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation is expanding potential recovery possibilities. Always consult with a healthcare professional for the most current TBI recovery information.
If you suspect that you’ve had a concussion, the most important first step is to stop whatever activity you’re doing, especially if it’s a sport or physical activity. Continuing to participate can put you at risk for a more serious brain injury. Next, you should seek immediate medical attention. A healthcare professional can assess your symptoms and provide guidance on necessary rest and recovery strategies. Remember, not all symptoms appear immediately and can develop over the next hours or days, so continued monitoring is essential.
Concussion symptoms can linger for a while after the concussion has technically healed. There is no definitive answer to this question, as concussion symptoms can vary from person to person. However, in general, if a concussion sufferer feels like they are back to their normal self both physically and mentally, then they likely are concussion-free. If concussion symptoms persist after a reasonable amount of time (i.e. several weeks), it is advisable to speak with a doctor to rule out any other potential causes for the lingering symptoms.
Repeated concussions can potentially lead to a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is associated with long-term neurological problems like memory loss, confusion, personality changes, and problems with speech and gait. It’s also linked to an increased risk of other neurological disorders, like Parkinson’s disease. That said, most single concussions do not cause permanent brain damage if properly managed and enough recovery time is allowed before returning to high-risk activities.