Concussions have been in the news a ton over the past couple years, especially in the sports world.  More and more information is coming out showing how severe concussions can be, even if they are “mild.”  Football gets most of the blame for concussions, but there are other sports and events that commonly lead to concussions.  One such event is a motor vehicle accident (MVA).

As with any concussion, early diagnosis is vital in making sure recovery goes as quickly as possible.  One of the issues with diagnosing concussions after an MVA is that concussions aren’t the only injury that occurs.  Most people end up with other problems that take priority, so the concussion can often get missed.

A common myth about concussions is that a person needs to lose consciousness to have a concussion.  Most people who have had a concussion didn’t lose consciousness, and if you did lose consciousness you almost certainly had a concussion.  Anyway, the point is there’s a fair chance that you had some degree of a concussion if your head made direct contact during an MVA.  And it would benefit you to get yourself checked ASAP.

Symptoms of concussions vary a lot, but some general symptoms to look out for include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Light Sensitivity
  • And many more

For less severe concussions, these symptoms may only be noted during more intense activities (like sports, exercise, or mentally demanding tasks).  Sometimes people just feel off after a concussion, and they can’t put their finger on it.

Identifying symptoms early can really help to make sure that recovery goes smoothly.  Missing a concussion can lead to a longer recovery or even worsen the symptoms.  If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s a good idea to get yourself checked out.  Concussions are not easy to deal with, so make sure you’ve got someone working with you.

Physical therapists are equipped to screen for and treat issues related to concussions.  In the event of an MVA, the insurance of the at-fault driver typically covers the majority of costs associated with physical therapy.

Got questions?  Feel limited in what you’re able to do?  The staff at Limitless Physical Therapy in Eugene, OR can show you how to be limitless.

 

***The above information, including text, images, and all other materials, is provided for educational purposes only, and not as a replacement or supplement to professional medical advice.  Please contact a certified healthcare professional or your primary physician for any personal concerns.

 

References

Heath, B.  Concussion and Loss of Consciousness.  2015.  http://share.upmc.com/2015/04/concussion-and-loss-of-consciousness/.  Accessed 2/13/2018.