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Can Concussions Cause Long-Term Effects?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain is jolted or shaken inside the skull, typically due to a blow to the head or a sudden change in movement. 

While many people recover from concussions without any lasting issues, there is growing evidence that repeated or severe concussions can lead to long-term effects on brain health. The team at Tulsa Accident Care Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is committed to helping patients understand and manage the potential risks associated with concussions sustained in car accidents.

Identifying concussion symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of a concussion is essential for seeking timely medical care and minimizing potential long-term effects. The sudden impact of a car accident can cause a concussion if your head hits a hard surface or if the impact jolts your head with a lot of force.

Common symptoms of a concussion include headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, sleep disturbances, and memory problems. If you suspect a concussion, it's crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure you get a proper diagnosis and get treatment if needed.

Long-term effects of concussions

Severe concussions can lead to long-term effects on cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, and overall brain health. The following are potential long-term effects. 

Post-concussion syndrome

Persistent symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, and cognitive difficulties, can last for weeks or months after the injury, leading to a condition known as post-concussion syndrome. It’s characterized by memory loss, mood disorders, and cognitive decline.

Increased risk for neurodegenerative diseases

The frontal and temporal lobes, which can be damaged in concussions, are susceptible to age-related changes linked to Alzheimer's disease and related conditions. Having a concussion can raise the risk of developing these conditions later in life. If you sustain a concussion in a car accident, it’s wise to monitor your cognitive health and be on the lookout for any new cognitive changes.

Preventing and managing long-term effects

To reduce the risk for long-term effects from concussions, it's essential to take appropriate steps in prevention and management.

Prompt medical care

Seeking prompt medical care if you suspect you’ve sustained a concussion can help make sure that you get a proper diagnosis and treatment if needed, which can help minimize any potential long-term effects.

Rest and a gradual return to activities

Following your healthcare provider's recommendations for rest and a gradual return to activities can help facilitate recovery and prevent further complications.

Quality concussion care

The dedicated team at Tulsa Accident Care Center offers a personalized approach to concussion management, utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to accurately assess the extent of the injury. 

With a thorough understanding of each patient's unique situation, our team crafts a customized treatment plan that may include physical therapy, medication management, and cognitive rehabilitation. 

Our multidisciplinary approach ensures that you receive the best possible care. We closely monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed to help you return to your daily activities and achieve optimal recovery.

If you suspect you’ve sustained a concussion, we can give you a thorough evaluation and discuss your next steps. To learn more, call 918-888-8080 or book an appointment online with Tulsa Accident Care Center today.

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