A concussion is a serious brain injury that has the potential to cause a variety of health concerns. Fortunately, with the right treatment strategy most people are able to make a full recovery.
It's possible your symptoms could stick with you over the long haul. Known as post-concussion syndrome, this complex disorder is associated with symptoms that last for several months or longer after the initial injury.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome include:
- Regular headaches
- Noise sensitivity
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
Causes of post-concussion syndrome
There is a lot of gray area in regard to the cause of post-concussion syndrome, but many medical professionals and researchers believe it's associated with structural damage to the brain.
It's also believed by many that post-concussion syndrome is psychological in nature, as the symptoms are shared by individuals who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and/or depression.
How to prevent post-concussion syndrome
There is no surefire way to prevent post-concussion syndrome, but there are some steps you can take to improve your likelihood of a fast and full recovery:
- Follow the treatment strategy outlined by your medical team
- Avoid future head injuries
- Don't resume normal activity too soon after a concussion
Should you see a doctor?
If your concussion symptoms are lingering, don't hesitate to consult with your doctor. They can order a variety of tests, such as an MRI and CT scan, to review your brain for abnormalities.
Even if everything appears fine on your scans, you could still be suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Your doctor can help you deal with this difficult phase of the recovery process.
As time allows, turn your attention to the accident that resulted in your concussion. You may find that another person's negligence contributed to the accident, which puts you in position to seek compensation for your injuries and related damages, such as medical bills and lost wages.
Post-concussion syndrome is a serious health concern, so you should treat it as such. Also, do your part in protecting your legal rights in California and seeking the compensation you deserve.
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