Concussions can be caused by a hard hit to the head or vigorous shaking of the upper body. These movements may result in your brain to hit against your skull that can lead to broken blood vessels and bruising. While one is at higher risk of this when playing contact sports like football or basketball, risk is also high when one is prone to falling.
If you read our previous blog post, you’ll know that concussion symptoms manifest in four different domains: cognitive, physical, emotional, and sleep. If you notice yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, take note of the following steps:
Stop certain activities. If you started experiencing symptoms after playing a sport, don’t continue playing until after you’ve visited a doctor. Continuing play increases the risk of reinjury, and this isn’t a good idea if you’re already experiencing concussion symptoms. You should also avoid operating machinery, including driving.
Have company. It might be especially challenging to navigate tasks after a potential concussion, especially if you have to avoid driving. It’s best if you have someone with you for at least 24 hours to help you move about your world. The other person, or people, can also help keep an eye on any other concussion symptoms that show up that you might not be able to notice yourself. They can also help you in arranging an appointment with your doctor.
See your doctor. If you have severe symptoms, you may also consider visiting the emergency room for immediate care. Your doctor will talk with you to gather information about your symptoms and potentially run a few tests to get a better understanding of what may be the cause of them. Diagnosing a concussion takes a bit of exploration!
So what kinds of questions might your medical doctor ask? What kinds of tests might they run? What other tests can be taken?
The process of diagnosing a concussion isn’t always straightforward. However, there are definitely supports that we can provide to help you walk through the diagnosing, treatment, and recovery process. Contact Dr. Murray for more information on how she can support you through 360 Healing Centre’s services!