Concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), pose potentially significant health issues no matter their severity. Despite this, as many as five in 10 concussions aren’t reported or detected.
Falls represent the most common cause of concussions. While most concussions do not cause serious and long-lasting issues, it is vital to treat them as expediently as possible. This helps to prevent further injury by allowing the brain the proper amount of rest and recovery. If additional head injuries occur during the healing period, more permanent and intense brain injury can occur. Concussions that aren’t treated immediately and properly may require a longer recovery time.
Some immediate signs of a concussion may include severe head pain, loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, sleepiness, confusion, loss of memory surrounding the concussion, and seizures. Some signs—such as trouble concentrating, persistent headaches, sleep problems, dizziness, and vision issues—may be subtle and last for weeks or months following the injury.
Keep reading to discover five significant risks of untreated concussions.