A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury, although the symptoms can be anything but mild. Symptoms can be delayed and most often missed by friends and family, sometimes even doctors if they aren’t made aware that you’ve had an accident. With that said, the specialists at Radius TBI want to help you understand what are the most common occurrences of concussion.
Slips and Falls
According to the CDC, in 2014 slips and falls accounted for 48% of all TBI-related emergency room visits. Whether it’s walking in inclement weather, or you accidentally trip and are unable to break your fall. The resulting trauma occurs when the motion of you falling abruptly stops at the moment of impact with the ground.
There are things you can do to avoid situations such as these. These include doing things like improving your balance through the core and cardiovascular exercises. These can help improve balance by providing you with more stability. Strength training can also help, specifically by strengthening your legs to give you a more stable base. The most obvious solution is also to generally be more careful and keep your head up and your eyes forward when walking so that you can avoid obstacles that may cause you to slip or fall.
The second most common cause of a concussion is auto accidents. Moving at high rates of speed and suddenly coming to a stop, even if your head doesn’t make contact with a solid surface, the momentum can cause your brain to make contact inside of your skull and cause a concussion. This is why it is very important to seek medical help right after an accident, no matter how small or big.
Keeping your seatbelt secure can help prevent your head from moving forward into the steering wheel or windshield. A cushion on your headrest can also provide some relief just in case your head is thrown backward. Another way to help prevent severe injury to your head in an auto accident is to make sure your seat is upright and not tilted too far back so that your head and neck do not have so much room to move back and forth and cause damage.
The next most common cause of concussion is either being struck by an object or making contact with your head. A very common location for this type of accident to occur is on construction sites where there are a number of hazards around you at any given time. This is why helmets are required at all construction sites.
As these situations are mostly accidental and unpredictable there is not a lot that you can do to avoid them. The only thing that you can really do to keep yourself safe is to keep your eyes open and be careful when being around dangerous or unpredictable areas.
Always Seek Medical Attention
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The professionals at Radius TBI have years of experience diagnosing and treating mild traumatic brain injuries like concussions. Our team is happy to offer a number of services, such as physical and occupational therapy, neurocognitive rehabilitation, as well as neurofeedback to help patients take back their lives. To learn more or schedule an appointment with a specialist, call or visit us online and get the medical assistance you need!