What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that affects the short-term function of the brain. It is caused by sudden movement of the brain due to an impact to the head. This sudden movement causes stretching and tearing of brain cells, which can lead to damage and chemical changes within the brain.
While a concussion is not considered life-threatening, it is a serious brain injury that requires medical attention. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can usually be observed at the time of injury, but in some instances it may take several hours or days for symptoms to appear. You should see a physician if you are experiencing the following concussion symptoms:

Nausea and vomiting
Double or blurry vision
Drowsiness or brain fog
Difficulty with balance and coordination
Confusion or problems with memory and concentration
Sensitivity to light and noise

Serious concussion symptoms include convulsions or seizures, slurred speech, and loss of consciousness. If any of these symptoms occur, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Concussion Treatment at Telluride Regional Medical Center

While there is no single concussion test used to diagnose a concussion, if a physician suspects this type of injury has occurred, a variety of methods can be used to make a diagnosis. Physicians diagnose concussions through neurological examinations and cognitive testing by evaluating memory, concentration, vision, hearing, balance, coordination, and reflexes. When severe symptoms are present, CT scans and MRIs may be performed to determine if the brain is swollen, bleeding, or bruised.

Concussion treatment primarily involves rest and pain management. Once this injury occurs, the brain is particularly vulnerable to further injury and very sensitive to increased stress until fully recovered. Initial rest upon injury and gradually returning to normal activities is typically the best treatment plan. Rest requires limiting screen time and other activities that require high levels of concentration. After suffering a concussion, heavy exercise or any activities that may pose a risk for further head injury should be avoided. Only once an individual is symptom-free or given medical clearance should exercise or physical activity resume. Our physicians may also prescribe rehabilitation and rest to speed up recovery time. Rehabilitation can address cognitive problems such as memory and recall, vision problems, or issues with balance and coordination.

Contact Telluride Regional Medical Center

If you have suffered a concussion or are experiencing concussion symptoms, our team of medical professionals at Telluride Regional Medical Center provides the highest level of care to diagnose and treat your symptoms. Recovering from a concussion can be a lengthy process, and our team will walk with you through the healing process. We provide a specialized care plan to address your healthcare needs and promote rehabilitation. To speak with a physician about your symptoms and coordinate quality care, contact Telluride Regional Medical Center near you today.

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