Posted in First Aid Articles, on August 19, 2020
A concussion is caused when there is swelling or internal bleeding in or around the brain. Any Impact to the head can cause a concussion or it might be as a direct result of a spinal injury.
Just like spinal injuries, prevention is the best treatment for concussions as well. Wear your safety equipment properly, know the safety rules of any sports played, use seat belts in cars, and avoid doing physical activity under the influence of alcohol and other judgment impairing drugs.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Mechanism of injury (how the injury occurred)
- Pain or numbness
- Bleeding and swelling of head
- Memory loss
- Ringing noise
- Nausea or vomiting
Anytime we suspect a concussion, we also suspect a spinal injury, therefore the treatment for concussions are somewhat similar to the treatment for spinal injuries.
- Immobilize the victim to the best of your ability
- Call 911 and call for help
- If the victim is unconscious and not breathing, start CPR. Keeping them alive takes priority over preserving their spine at this point.
- Anyone with a suspected concussion should get medical help as soon as possible.
- Professional athletes are often hesitant to get medical help after suffering from concussions fearing that it might be the end of their professional career.
- Concussions can be deadly.