Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Concussion Syndrome

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Post-Concussion Syndrome is a disorder that lingers for weeks and sometimes months following an initial concussion causing injury. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that is normally caused by a direct impact to your head or by a whiplash event like a car accident causing your brain to move around inside of your skull. 

It is typical that the injured is in a confused or dazed mind set for the first seven to ten days following the concussion. However if the symptoms last longer, it is likely the injured is experiencing post-concussion syndrome.


Causes of Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome is caused by damage to the brain and the disruption of the signaling system within the nerves, caused by the impact that caused the concussion. These can occur in any accident that involves a direct impact to the head, or an accident that involves violent shaking of the head. The most common causes of concussion include a fall, car accident, or sports related head trauma. 


Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Noise and light sensitivity
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of concentration and memory
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision

Prevention

To avoid post-concussion syndrome is to avoid head injury. Head injuries are the primary causes. While you can’t avoid every accident, there are some things you can do to prevent head injuries:

  • Fasten your seatbelts
  • Use helmets
  • Take safety precautions

Treatments?

Post-concussion syndrome is treated specifically to each person by examining their unique symptoms. Generally, post-concussion syndrome symptoms can be grouped into these categories, and depending on what category you fall within will determine what treatment is appropriate.

Vision therapy (Oculomotor Training)

Common Symptoms

  • Sensitivity to motion
  • Difficulty with eye movements
  • Eye pain and headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Peripheral vision problems

Treatment

  • Methods and exercises that will improve the accuracy of the eyes
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

Common Symptoms

  • Visual deficits as a direct result

Treatment

Therapy utilizes Therapeutic prisms, Lenses, Filters, and Occlusion to stimulate parts of the brain that were damages during the accident

It is designed uniquely to the injured to meet their needs in daily life.

Vestibular Therapy

Common Symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Balance problems

Treatment

  • Habituation exercises
  • Gaze stability training
  • Balance training
  • The doctors use a process of elimination to see what treatment causes the most strain on the patients condition to determine the best mode of therapy.
Physical Therapy

Common Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Orthopedic injuries
    • Broken or dislocated bones
    • Serious bodily injuries
    • Amputation
    • Paralysis

Treatment

The goal is to place the injured in a livable state following the accident

  • Techniques used:
    • Massage
    • Exercise therapy
    • Heat treatments
Exertional Therapy

Common Symptoms

  • Slower recovery than may otherwise be expected

Treatment

  • Light aerobic activity in a controlled and monitored environment
    • Utilizing:
      • A treadmill
      • A Pool
      • Or a Low risk setting
    • The goal is to stimulate your body which in turn has a positive impact on the injured’s condition
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Common Symptoms

  • Mood changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Longer term symptoms persisting

Treatment

  • Help patients identify negative thoughts and teach concrete skills to manage them
    • Treatment persists for weeks or months and can give the injured immediate relief

Murphy Law Firm is Here to Help

If you have been injured in  a car accident caused by another party, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. However, you must prove that the other party was at fault for the accident that caused your injury. The experienced team of personal injury attorneys at the Murphy Law Firm can help you gather evidence to prove that your injuries are the result of an accident caused by another person or entity. Don’t be a victim twice and let us advocate on your behalf. Get in touch with our dedicated staff of personal injury lawyers at (225) 928-8800.

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