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How to Diagnose & Properly Treat Concussions

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2018 | Concussions

Concussions are among the most common types of personal injuries that people sustain in devastating accidents. Although concussions are common, these injuries can be difficult to diagnose and treat. This is because some of the signs and symptoms of a concussion do not appear until hours or days after the event that caused the injury. Below, we explain how to properly treat and diagnose a concussion.

Neurological Exam

If you have suffered a head injury in an accident, you should immediately visit a doctor to have your injury symptoms assessed. Your doctor should perform a neurological examination that checks the following things:

  • Strength & Sensation
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Reflexes

Cognitive Tests

In addition to a neurological examination, your doctor should also assess your:

  • Ability to Recall Information
  • Ability to Concentrate
  • Short & Long-Term Memory

Brain Imaging Tests

If you are experiencing headaches, seizures, or repeated vomiting after your accident, the doctor might recommend brain imaging tests to determine the extent and severity of your head injury. With brain imaging, your doctor will also be able to spot any bleeding or swelling in your skull.

Observation Period

Depending on how severe your concussion is, the doctor might recommend that you be hospitalized overnight for observation. You might also need to be observed by someone at home for at least 24 hours to make sure your injury symptoms don’t get worse.

How Are Concussions Treated?

When it comes to treating a concussion, it’s all about getting rest and letting your brain recover. This includes avoiding:

  • Sports
  • Physical Exertion
  • Dynamic Movements

Once your concussion symptoms improve, you can slowly get back into more physical activities. Resuming physical activity too quickly can result in a second concussion.

Athens Personal Injury Attorneys

At Hall & Collins Injury Law, LLC, our experienced team of lawyers is here to help clients in Athens secure maximum compensation for their accident injuries. If you have suffered a concussion in a car accident or motorcycle accident, you should consult with our legal team to learn more about your rights. We can review your case and build a strong legal strategy.

Call 706-940-7889 to set up your free case consultation with our Athens personal injury lawyers.