Concussion2018-09-27T01:56:28+00:00

Concussion

Concussion can occur in a variety of ways, such as while doing a sporting activity, or in a vehicle accident. A concussion can occur when the head moves rapidly backward and forward, causing the brain to knock against the skull. As the brain is soft, hitting against the skull can cause the brain to swell, or in some cases bleed. Some people may experience loss of consciousness (blackout), while others may not. If one does have a blackout, it is often brief and the person will experience a quick and complete recovery.

Seeking Medical Attention

It is very important to seek medical attention if there is the belief that you or someone you know has had a concussion. Quite often while under observation treatment will include mild painkillers, anti-nausea tablets to stop nausea or vomiting, and if any neck pain is experienced, an xray to check the neck.After a concussion, it can be quite common for the person to experience the following:

  • Inability to remember events occurring close to the time of the head injury
  • Feeling tired
  • Headaches, dizziness and mild cognitive problems (during the recovery period)
  • Mood changes, problems concentrating, remembering things, or performing complex tasks

Recovery

Recovery time varies from person to person, so if unsure whether to resume activities, it is advised to consult with your doctor. Recovery often takes only a few days, with some of these symptoms presenting during this time. It is advised that if any other symptoms are experienced, and for an extended amount of time, to seek urgent medical attention.

Risk factors for back pain

  • High stress levels
  • Lack of exercise
  • Slouching
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Smoking
  • Following inefficient training programmes
  • Obesity
  • Bad posture
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Driving for long distances
  • Pregnancy
  • Sufferers of depression

How does Concussion affect thinking?

Temporary symptoms are experienced following the concussion. During the recovery time the person may have troubles with remembering things that occurred surrounding the event, concentrating or performing complex tasks. These symptoms will only have an impact on the person’s thinking for a few days, and then their cognitive function should return to normal.

How might a concussion affect everyday function?

While recovery should only be a brief amount of time, it is important that the person waits until they are feeling better before returning to their usual daily activities. This includes school, work, study, or sports. This means that the person should be resting from their usual routine. Reaction times are often decreased for a short period of time, so is important to not drive while still experiencing symptoms.

What can a neuropsychologist do?

Jurmaine Health Neuropsychologists investigate the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of the brain. We provide detailed assessments that assist in diagnosing the cognitive impacts of a concussion and can also plan treatments for the client. The neuropsychology assessment can also help to provide a baseline so that changes can be compared to determine improvements or struggles over time. Jurmaine Health  Neuropsychology assessments consist of an interview followed by a range of tests appropriate to the clients requirements. Results from the assessment are then used to create plans and/or recommendations for the individual, to aid improvement.

Concussion

Concussion can occur in a variety of ways, such as while doing a sporting activity, or in a vehicle accident. A concussion can occur when the head moves rapidly backward and forward, causing the brain to knock against the skull. As the brain is soft, hitting against the skull can cause the brain to swell, or in some cases bleed. Some people may experience loss of consciousness (blackout), while others may not. If one does have a blackout, it is often brief and the person will experience a quick and complete recovery.

Seeking Medical Attention

It is very important to seek medical attention if there is the belief that you or someone you know has had a concussion. Quite often while under observation treatment will include mild painkillers, anti-nausea tablets to stop nausea or vomiting, and if any neck pain is experienced, an xray to check the neck.After a concussion, it can be quite common for the person to experience the following:

  • Inability to remember events occurring close to the time of the head injury
  • Feeling tired
  • Headaches, dizziness and mild cognitive problems (during the recovery period)
  • Mood changes, problems concentrating, remembering things, or performing complex tasks

Recovery

Recovery time varies from person to person, so if unsure whether to resume activities, it is advised to consult with your doctor. Recovery often takes only a few days, with some of these symptoms presenting during this time. It is advised that if any other symptoms are experienced, and for an extended amount of time, to seek urgent medical attention.

Risk factors for back pain

  • High stress levels
  • Lack of exercise
  • Slouching
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Smoking
  • Following inefficient training programmes
  • Obesity
  • Bad posture
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Driving for long distances
  • Pregnancy
  • Sufferers of depression

How does Concussion affect thinking?

Temporary symptoms are experienced following the concussion. During the recovery time the person may have troubles with remembering things that occurred surrounding the event, concentrating or performing complex tasks. These symptoms will only have an impact on the person’s thinking for a few days, and then their cognitive function should return to normal.

How might a concussion affect everyday function?

While recovery should only be a brief amount of time, it is important that the person waits until they are feeling better before returning to their usual daily activities. This includes school, work, study, or sports. This means that the person should be resting from their usual routine. Reaction times are often decreased for a short period of time, so is important to not drive while still experiencing symptoms.

What can a neuropsychologist do?

Jurmaine Health Neuropsychologists investigate the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of the brain. We provide detailed assessments that assist in diagnosing the cognitive impacts of a concussion and can also plan treatments for the client. The neuropsychology assessment can also help to provide a baseline so that changes can be compared to determine improvements or struggles over time. Jurmaine Health  Neuropsychology assessments consist of an interview followed by a range of tests appropriate to the clients requirements. Results from the assessment are then used to create plans and/or recommendations for the individual, to aid improvement.

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