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10 Facts about Concussions

10 Facts about Concussions

A concussion is the most frequent type of head injury in athletes. It can result from a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Concussions cause damage to brain tissue and need to be taken seriously. Most people are unaware, but physical therapy can actually help treat a concussion injury.

Here are 10 Interesting Facts about Concussions:

1. A concussion IS considered a brain injury.
2. You do not have to pass out or lose consciousness to be diagnosed with a concussion!  In one study, they found that less than 10% of those diagnosed actually lose consciousness at the time of injury.
3. You do not need to hit your head to experience a concussion.  A concussion can occur anytime the brain moves quickly inside of the skull.  That is why whiplash type injuries can also result in concussions.
4. The most common causes of concussions are with sports-related injuries, bike, car, or playground accidents, and falls.
5. Headache and dizziness are the two most familiar symptoms of a concussion.
6. If you have experienced a concussion, you are more susceptible to getting another concussion.  It is important to take the right steps in transitioning back to sports or work to lessen the risk of further injury.
7. 25% of people who have experienced a concussion fail to consult with a healthcare professional.
8. For about 9 in 10 people with concussions, symptoms disappear within 7 to 10 days.
9. Post-concussion Syndrome is when symptoms linger for weeks or months after the initial injury.
10. Physical therapy CAN HELP YOU get back to your sport safely after suffering a concussion! Norfolk Physical Therapy’s staff are trained in the recognition and treatment of concussions. Once an athlete has been evaluated by a physician and diagnosed with a concussion, the athlete could benefit from a physical therapy assessment.

If you have any questions regarding concussions or treatment of concussions, feel free to contact Norfolk Physical Therapy at (402) 371-9707.

Posted on: Monday, June 19, 2017

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