Concussion 2

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

In the United States, concussion affects more than 1 million individuals each year. Even a mild concussion may leave invisible but disturbing symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill discusses concussions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Concussion is a brain injury caused by blunt head trauma. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of concussion, but it may also result from active contact sports or recreational activities, and household falls.

The direct cause of concussion is rapid acceleration-deceleration at the time of the blow to the head, leading to jarring of the brain inside the skull and stretching the neurons so that they temporarily do not work properly.

Symptoms of concussion include:

Disorientation

Temporal amnesia or other memory problems

Nausea and vomiting

Ringing in the ears

Difficulties with speech, balance, judgment or coordination

Difficulties with concentration and learning, and

Difficulty sleeping

Rest with gradual return to normal physical activities is important for full recovery. Symptoms usually resolve within two to six weeks. However, if symptoms persist or new symptoms, such as increasing headaches, vomiting, confusion or seizure, develop, you should immediately seek help from your doctor since these symptoms could indicate development of more serious brain injury.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.