Whether it is a motor vehicle collision, a construction accident or a workplace injury, a concussion can leave an individual struggling to cope while returning to a pre-accident state of health. Numerous factors can impact the severity of the injury and the symptoms. For this reason, medical professionals agree that no two concussions are the same. The more severe the brain injury is, the more debilitating the symptoms an individual might face. From memory loss to perceptive challenges, brain damage can completely alter one’s life.
It is not uncommon for concussion symptoms to appear hours or days after the initial accident. Some individuals might not even realize they are exhibiting symptoms and it takes the care and attention of loved ones to point out there might be a problem.
Concussion symptoms can typically fall into three categories.
- Physical symptoms: These symptoms can include blurred vision, dizziness, balance problems, nausea, fatigue, sensitivity to light and sound, and tinnitus.
- Cognitive symptoms: These symptoms can include poor concentration, memory loss, confusion, and feeling as if you are “in a fog.”
- Emotional/behaviour symptoms: These symptoms can include feeling sad, depressed, anxious or irritable. Many family members note changes in personality or mood swings even before the individual suffering the injury recognizes the cognitive changes.
In most situations, rest is the most common treatment plan for a concussion or traumatic brain injuries. Individuals should avoid driving or extended periods of “screen time.” Symptoms may worsen over time and your entire family must be encouraged to participate in your recovery plan.