What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Man with Post-concussion syndrome

If you have recently suffered a concussion after a physical trauma, you are at risk for post-concussion syndrome. This disorder includes all of the symptoms and adverse effects you feel after suffering a concussion. For example, you may feel dizzy, feverish, or in pain. 

Post-concussion syndrome looks different for each person and can be more or less severe, depending on the type of concussion sustained. At Integrated Injury Specialists, we provide patients with many treatment options for a concussion or traumatic brain injury. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of a concussion and seek medical treatment as quickly as you can. 

Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome

A concussion doesn’t always bring pain. Some patients who suffer a concussion don’t even know they have a concussion because they do not feel typical symptoms associated with head trauma. 

Concussions have a funny way of making themselves known. The list of symptoms is much more vast than most patients believe. You may have post-concussion syndrome if you have one or more of the following: 

  • Memory and concentration loss
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noises
  • Headaches on all parts of the head and neck
  • Fatigue and dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia (the inability to sleep) 
  • Frustration and irritability 
  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) 
  • Slight loss of smell or taste 

Some patients get migraines or tension headaches in association with a concussion. It’s also important to note that a concussion is not just in the head; you can suffer neck injury along with a head injury. 

How is Post-Concussion Syndrome Diagnosed? 

It can sometimes be difficult to accurately diagnose a concussion since the symptoms are so varied, and the nature of the trauma can be so different from one case to the next. It is important to visit your doctor right away after being in an accident or suffered a physical injury to the neck and head. 

Anything from slight fatigue to major pain can be a tell-tale sign of a concussion. Unfortunately, there is no single test that can diagnose a concussion. There may be different ways to accurately diagnose your injury. 

You will likely need a CT Scan to fully examine your brain and tell for any signs of damage. You might also have to get an MRI, which detects activity in the brain. These tests can help doctors find a proper diagnosis for your head injury. 

Depending on your symptoms, you may then be referred to a pain management specialist for treatment, as well as a physical therapist and a socio-psychologist.

Can Post-Concussion Syndrome Be Treated? 

Depending on your symptoms, there are various treatments available. Typically, care focuses on treating your individual symptoms and the overall source of your injury. This is because the symptoms of a concussion are so different for each person. Our doctors prefer to take a personalized approach. 

For symptoms of headaches, fatigue, and migraines, your doctor may prescribe you some medication frequently used with migraines. You may even be prescribed an antidepressant or an anti-hypertension medication that can relieve the areas of pain in your head so you can focus on healing. 

There is cognitive therapy available for those who have suffered memory or focus loss due to the concussion. Some people also find that they have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression after their injury, in which case it may also be a good idea to start seeing a mental health specialist. 

Treat Your Concussion ASAP

Post-concussion syndrome is a terrible condition that can lead to permanent damage if left untreated. If you have recently been in a physical accident, you need to visit your pain management specialists right away. You may not be aware that you have a concussion if you are not showing many signs and symptoms, but it is still vital that you seek help after an accident from an accident injury doctor Orange County.

Head injuries are sensitive and unique to each person, and they require the utmost care. While treatment options may vary, we have personalized solutions available to you at Integrated Injury Specialists. Contact us today and take the next step towards your better health and recovery. 

Do Helmets Prevent Concussions?

do helmets prevent concussions?

You may have heard the debate raging about contact sports and concussions. Or, you may wonder if you need to strap on a helmet every time you ride your bike. Many people have this question on their minds: do helmets prevent concussions?

For comprehensive concussion treatment, let Integrated Injury specialists take a look!

Helmets Do Not Prevent Concussions

When you hit your head in an accident, your brain can move within your skull. If the brain gets jolted hard enough, it can bang into the hard bone of your skull and cause a concussion.

Helmets do not prevent concussions. No helmet can prevent the brain from moving inside the skull. Some new helmets claim to be “special” in that they can prevent concussions. But these claims are not backed by science. No matter how much you pay for a helmet, it cannot protect your brain from moving when jolted.

Why You Should Still Wear a Helmet

Always wear a helmet when biking, skiing, and playing sports that can cause head injuries. Helmets can protect your head from other injuries, like cuts and skull fractures. Always wear one if you might hit your head against the ground, a hard object, or another person.

How to Choose a Good Helmet

Some things to look for when shopping for a helmet:

  • The helmet is approved by your sport’s governing body
  • It is appropriate for your sport (motorcycling, biking, football, etc.)
  • The helmet has not been damaged (it’s a good idea to buy a new helmet over repurposing a used one)

“All Helmets Are Not Created Equal”

According to Nicole Levy MD, a primary care sports medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center, you should be careful when choosing a helmet. “There are different helmets for different activities.” Depending on what sport you play, there is a specific helmet designed to protect you. So, if you play football, a bicycle helmet is not appropriate.

“Some helmets can be worn for multiple activities, but don’t assume,” says Levy. “Check the manufacturer’s instructions for guidelines before buying a helmet.”

The Size of the Helmet Matters

A helmet should sit comfortably on the head, but be snug. It should not move in any direction when strapped on. Also, it should sit evenly on the head. It should sit correctly without too much adjustment. If a helmet requires significant adjustment, find another one that fits better.

Any good helmet will have a secure buckle to keep it from shifting or falling off on impact.

Helmets for Kids

Dr. Levy says you should be “consistent and firm” about having your child wear a helmet. “Parents should lead by example and always wear their helmets.”

What about carrying your infant or toddler in a strapped-on seat while bike riding? The American Academy of Pediatrics says children under 1 year of age should not be on bicycles at all. “Even though baby-sized helmets are available, they are not advisable,” says Levy.

What To Do if You Get a Head Injury

A head injury is any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. Head injuries range from a minor bump on the skull to serious brain damage. [medlineplus.gov.]

If you hit your head while playing sports, sit out the rest of the game and consult a doctor afterward. You may also sustain a head injury doing another sport, like skiing. Bike and motorcycle injuries often involve the head.

The experts at Integrated Injury Specialists recommend patients receive a thorough consultation after an accident. This helps doctors uncover potentially hidden injuries.

When to Call 911

  • Severe head or face bleeding
  • The person is confused, tired, or unconscious
  • The person stops breathing
  • You suspect a serious head or neck injury or the person develops any signs or symptoms of a serious head injury

Head Injury Prevention

It’s true that we cannot prevent not all head injuries. Still, it’s smart to be as safe as you can. Always use safety equipment (like helmets) when you or your child play a sport that could cause a head injury. When riding a bicycle, learn and follow the bicycle safety recommendations.

Integrated Injury Specialists

Integrated Injury Specialists have a skilled team of doctors dedicated to treating patients with a multidisciplinary approach. They work with attorneys to make sure your medical expenses are covered. They proudly accept medical liens, helping patients receive the treatment they require after accidents. No out-of-pocket payment is necessary. To find an accident injury doctor in Orange County, call 888-676-1285 or click to contact Integrated Injury Specialists today.