How do I know if I’m Concussed? Our awareness of concussions has increased in recent years, with professional sports teams and the media shining a light on what is a weekly occurrence at many local sporting fields. Yet despite the increased coverage, research indicates that:
‘over 75% of parents can’t recognise the severity of concussion symptoms even if they were at the game, and over 93% of parents were unaware of return to play or school guidelines.’
Now the sporting field is not the only place you can suffer a concussion, with many motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries reporting concussions.
Most of us know that a concussion can occur directly from a blow to the head or face; however, you don’t need to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion. The main purpose of immediate concussion management is to identify symptoms, remove them from play or activities and assess if further intervention is required.
Many are familiar with the common symptoms of a concussion:
There are physical symptoms that may include:
and thinking and memory symptoms:
Many of the above symptoms directly result from injury to the brain that causes an energy crisis as the brain attempts to heal itself. These symptoms commonly last for 7 – 10 days in adults and can last for up to 4 weeks in adolescents and children. Rest in the initial 48 hours is imperative, followed by a slow return to activity as tolerated. This will differ from person to person.
Most single concussions will resolve in the expected timeframe if diagnosed and managed correctly. However, it’s not uncommon for concussion symptoms to last beyond the initial 7 – 10 days. At this point, many patients seek a general practitioner’s assistance.
At Williamstown Health + Lifestyle and the Melbourne Headache + Migraine Group, we conduct a thorough and case-specific assessment centred around several processes. This allows us to come up with an individualised treatment and management plan.
Our initial assessment is comprised of:
The post-concussion rehabilitation plan is individualised for each patient’s specific needs. Depending on the likely clinical trajectory, the rehabilitation plan may include:
Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this question. As you might guess, the length of rehabilitation is individual and depends on various factors, including injury severity, chronicity of injury, general health status, and compliance with rehabilitation, among other things. 80% of concussions resolve within a month with appropriate management.
Our clinicians are trained in concussion diagnosis and management and will do everything they can to assist you in achieving a speedy and complete recovery from your injury. We can also provide you with a return to work/school/sports guidance.