Traumatic brain injury is the collective name for different types of head injuries, including concussions. Although a blow to the head may cause you to experience a concussion, the rapid deceleration that is common with car accidents may also contribute to the condition.
A concussion is a medical emergency. Still, doctors from the Mayo Clinic note that with medical treatment, the symptoms of a concussion often alleviate after a short period of time. If you develop post-concussion syndrome, though, you may have long-term health complications.
Post-concussion syndrome symptoms
Individuals with post-concussion syndrome continue to have the symptoms of a concussion after their expected recovery period. If you have the condition, you may feel you are not recovering from your initial injury.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have post-concussion syndrome:
- Headaches, blurred vision or tinnitus
- Dizziness, confusion, nausea or disorientation
- Frustration, anger or irritability
- Loss of focus, anxiety or insomnia
Your treatment plan
Unfortunately, you may not realize you have sustained a concussion until hours or days after a motor vehicle collision. Seeing your doctor as soon as possible is the most effective way to achieve an adequate diagnosis and start on a treatment plan.
The way your physician treats post-concussion syndrome may not be much different from how he or she addresses your underlying concussion. Nevertheless, your doctor should know about both lifestyle limitations and changes to your symptoms.
Keeping a treatment and recovery journal is usually a good idea. With this journal, you record notes about your recovery, giving you a reference guide to help you get the most out of your medical appointments.