In recent years, the medical community has discovered more about the dangers of concussions, particularly repetitive ones. Athletes who experience this head trauma are in serious danger of experiencing long-term impairment including serious memory issues. You don’t have to be an athlete to be in danger of these problems. Car collisions often cause concussions, both minor and severe. Sadly, not all accident victims realize that they’ve experienced a head injury, which puts your health at risk. If you hurt your head in a collision, you need to be examined by a physician to rule out a concussion.
While most concussions are caused by a direct blow to the head, some are the result of your head being snapped back and forth. Your brain then hits the inside of your skull, which causes injury to the soft tissue. A traumatic brain injury can harm your blood vessels and/or nerves and cause bleeding and swelling inside your brain. In others, the jolt causes short term issues that can still impact your quality of life.
A motor vehicle collision may drive your head forward or backward into a hard surface, causing a brain injury. Back seat passengers may be more vulnerable to these injuries since they may not be fully protected by airbags. Sadly, anyone in an accident may experience some degree of head trauma.
Concussions are sometimes not easy to diagnose since they don’t always have external signs. Your head may not be bruised or bleeding. A number of other symptoms are associated with the condition, however. They include:
- nausea and vomiting
- slurred speech
- memory loss
- sensitivity to light and sound
In more serious cases, symptoms may include:
- persistent dizziness
- vision problems
- cognitive difficulties
To properly diagnose a concussion, a doctor will usually order a CT scan or MRI. It’s important to get treatment for a concussion as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of long-term issues.
Traumatic brain injuries may require surgery, but for most concussions, rest is prescribed along with OTC non-aspirin pain relievers. You will also be told to avoid any activity that might cause a jolt to your head. You won’t be allowed to participate in sports or even ride a scooter for a while. For the first day or so, your doctor may not allow you to drive in case you have vision or dizziness problems.
If you already had previous concussions before your accident, your doctor may take more extreme measures, including more imaging and follow up. You may be asked to wear protective headgear when participating in any strenuous activity.
If you are involved in an accident in the Atlanta area, you should immediately contact Onyx Imaging. At Onyx, they have the advanced imaging technology your doctor needs to diagnose and treat your concussion or traumatic brain injury. They provide X-rays as well as CT scans and MRIs, plus you can get an immediate appointment. Brain injuries need to be treated as soon as possible. Your scans will be read within four hours so you don’t spend the entire day waiting for results.
Onyx Imaging takes care of uninsured patients and never asks you to pay out of pocket. You can call 770-892-0153 for the Stockbridge location and 470-440-1750 for the Decatur facility.
When you’ve suffered a head injury, don’t delay. Seek medical help as soon as possible.