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Many people associate concussions with contact sports like hockey or football. Concussions can occur as a result of a car accident, a slip and fall injury or an event that causes a blow to the head or violent shaking or movement of the head.
This is the first of a 2-part blog series that looks at post-concussion syndrome. This blog will discuss concussions, what post-concussion syndrome is and some recent scientific developments.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. It is felt that most people who experience a concussion will make a recovery, but there are people who do not fully recover and are left with residual symptoms that interfere with several aspects of their lives, including the ability to manage their duties at work. Generally, symptoms occur within the first 7-10 days.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you do not have to lose consciousness in order to have a concussion or experience post-concussion syndrome and the severity of the blow to the head doesn’t appear to be related to the development of post-concussion syndrome.
Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can include fatigue, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, loss of concentration and memory, blurry vision, noise and light sensitivity. There is no one specific treatment and doctors will usually treat the specific symptoms you are experiencing.
Some research shows that certain factors have been found to be more common in those who do develop post-concussion syndrome including significant life stressors, a history of depression or anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or poor coping skills.
A major research study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, indicates that sustaining a concussion or other brain injury in your 20s can increase the risk of developing dementia by more than 60%. The study followed adults for over 4 decades.
Researchers at Stanford University are trying to pinpoint the exact cause and mechanisms of concussions. It seems that concussions and other mild head injuries occur when a specific area deep in the brain shakes more rapidly and intensely than other surrounding parts. The purpose of this study will help identify better ways design protective headgear and helmets and ultimately the goal is to help physicians and trainers to determine whether or not it is safe for an athlete to play after an injury.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that even a mild concussion can increase the likelihood of persistent headaches. People were more likely to develop headaches or to have an exacerbation or existing headaches.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our blog where we will discuss some safety tips and what to do if your disability claim has been denied.
If your short-term disability claim or long-term disability claim has been denied for any reason, you should contact an experienced disability lawyer to find out what your rights and obligations are as an insured person.
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