Falls, sports injuries, and car accidents are the top causes of concussions. Even with a mild concussion, you’re at risk of developing chronic post-concussion problems when you don’t seek immediate medical care. At Brain and Stroke Care: Sravani Mehta, MD, your concussion is expertly treated by Dr. Mehta, a brain injury specialist with years of experience managing concussions. To schedule a comprehensive evaluation, call the office in Nashville, Tennessee, or book an appointment online.
A concussion, also called a mild traumatic brain injury, occurs when a blow to your head is hit strong enough to make the brain bounce against the skull. The trauma damages brain cells and disrupts nerve communication. Additionally, trauma can damage your blood vessels and bruise your brain.
Even if you think your concussion is mild, you should always have your injury evaluated to rule out brain swelling and skull fractures. One concussion shouldn’t cause long-lasting brain damage. However, a second concussion soon after the first one can cause permanent changes.
Concussion symptoms can appear immediately, or they may be delayed for a few hours or days. Once problems develop, the effects can last for weeks.
It’s also possible for concussion symptoms to become chronic, a condition called postconcussion syndrome. About 15% of concussion patients find that their headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms last a year or more.
A concussion can knock you out, but the statistics show that 90% of patients don’t lose consciousness. The three primary symptoms of concussion are:
You may not be able to remember what happened right before or after the injury. Many patients also experience one or more of the following:
Less often, patients develop insomnia or light sensitivity, or they feel irritable or depressed.
The first line of treatment for a concussion is rest. Because your brain needs time to heal, you’ll need to limit stimulation. Dr. Mehta may recommend avoiding environmental stimulation such as bright lights and minimizing your physical activity. You may also need to limit cognitive stress on your brain by taking time off from school or work.
At Brain and Stroke Care: Sravani Mehta, MD, you have access to integrative treatment options. For example, Dr. Mehta is also a practitioner of medical acupuncture, a therapy that often helps stimulate nerve repair and relieves pain following a concussion.
If you need medical care following a concussion, call Brain and Stroke Care: Sravani Mehta, MD, or schedule an appointment online.