What Happens To The Brain During A Concussion?

TBI Car Crash

Concussions are serious business. From what is essentially a traumatic injury to the brain, caused by excessive force applied to your head or a sudden change in direction. The CDC estimates motor vehicle crashes are the second most frequent cause of all TBI-related hospitalizations, equating to 20% of patients. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 15-24, 25-34, and older adults aged ≥75 years.  Due to the fact you are moving at such high velocity while driving, the abrupt stoppage of a car crash causes your brain to crash forwards as well. After the initial impact, your brain can rebound in multiple directions and make contact with the insides of your skull. It is this contact that creates bruising and the potential for brain damage. The best way to know for sure is to have a professional perform a screening to see if you exhibit the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.

Immediate Symptoms Of A Concussion

One signifier of a serious concussion is a sudden loss of consciousness. You might not experience this, or you may not even realize that you had been unconscious. This is your brain’s response to the traumatic event and there are a range of additional primary side effects you can look for to determine if someone has suffered a concussion:

Physical symptoms: most commonly, headache, dizziness, visual changes, ringing in the ears, and loss of sense of smell/taste.

Cognitive: memory loss, feeling in a fog, loss of attention/focus

Emotional: depression, anxiety, anger, feeling emotional

Sleep: difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep.

Long Term Effects Of Concussion

Several hours or days after the traumatic event is when more serious injuries have the opportunity to take place. It has become clear that acting quickly and with serious preventative measures is the only way to reduce long term brain damage. This damage can present itself in the form of permanent behavior and emotional changes, as well as potentially altering your brain’s biochemistry.

The troubling part is that you might not experience the primary symptoms that would alert you that you have a concussion. You don’t need to be an athlete to suffer a concussion and some slips and falls, even a solid bump on the head is enough to potentially cause brain damage. You might also believe that ‘it’s just a headache, and headaches always go away’, but if a concussion goes untreated, there could be serious lasting damage that slowly surfaces, and by then it’s too late.

Acting Quickly Can Make All The Difference

If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may have suffered a concussion, the safe bet is to have one of the professionals at Radius TBI perform a screening so we can get you the help that you need and save you from permanent damage. Call or book a consultation online and meet with a specialist today!

Written by Radius TBI | Concussion / Mild TBI Care