If you have reason to believe you've suffered a brain injury, such as a concussion, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, move to safety and call 911 to request an ambulance.
A concussion is not the most serious brain injury, but it's dangerous enough to alter your life.
Your medical team will run a variety of tests to diagnose your condition, including but not limited to a physical exam, X-ray, MRI and CT scan.
Once they collect the necessary information, they'll categorize your concussion into one of three grades:
- Grade 1 concussion: No loss of consciousness and symptoms last for 15 minutes or less
- Grade 2 concussion: No loss of consciousness and symptoms last for more than 15 minutes
- Grade 3 concussion: Loss of consciousness, regardless of the duration
Depending on the grade and symptoms you're experiencing, your doctor may want you to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. Even if you're sent home, it's important that someone else stays with you to ensure your safety overnight.
In regard to treatment, your doctor is likely to suggest the following:
- Rest: This is the best way to heal a brain injury, so you'll want to follow your doctor's direction down to every last detail.
- Limit physical and mental activity: This goes along with getting enough rest. You shouldn't work out, watch too much television, play video games or attempt to do paperwork.
- Medication: There are many types of medication you can take for pain. Talk to your doctor about which ones are best, as well as if you require a prescription drug.
If you push the limit during your recovery, it's likely that your symptoms will drag on for an extended period of time. This will challenge your ability to make a full recovery and return to your normal life in the near future.
If another person is responsible for your concussion or other type of brain injury, learn more about your legal rights. There are steps you can take to seek compensation from the negligent party.
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