Prevent long-term trouble after a concussion

It goes without saying that a concussion can cause a variety of health-related problems immediately following the injury. But did you know that there are long-term concerns as well?

With the help of your medical team, you'll know which steps you can take to help prevent long-term concerns.

If you are already suffering from serious symptoms, such as chronic headaches, there is a greater chance that it will take you longer to recover. This means you need to be particularly careful during the recovery phase.

While healing, any jolt to the head can hinder your progress. You need to be very careful during this time, as protecting your head will go a long way in speeding up your recovery and helping you avoid additional concerns.

Receiving another concussion before making a full recovery could lead to permanent damage, brain swelling and in the most serious of cases, death.

One concussion after the next can have a serious long-term impact on your health, such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating and the inability to keep your balance.

There is no surefire way to know what will happen after you suffer a concussion, but there are definitely things you can do to help prevent long-term trouble.

If your concussion was the result of an accident, such as a car crash, you should also learn more about your legal rights. You have suffered a serious injury, and if another person was responsible, you may be able to obtain compensation. This money can help pay for medical bills, future treatment and other expenses.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "What Can I Do to Help Feel Better After a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?," accessed May 30, 2017

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