A concussion is considered one of the most common types of brain injuries and is prevalent in the world of sports activities. Although it’s considered a “mild head injury”, the effects of concussions can ultimately be cumulative or, at the very least, present symptoms that can last for weeks or even years. There have also been cases in which the symptoms were permanent. It’s also been noted that once a person has suffered a concussion, there is a greater chance for that person to experience another one.
These after effects can include both physiological as well as psychological issues. One of the biggest problems with determining all of the potential effects of a Las Vegas sports concussion is the fact that many instances are not actually reported. When combined with the fact that many sports concussion symptoms can be subtle, it becomes difficult to determine the actual scope of this medical condition.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Sports Concussion symptoms can include:
- Loss of consciousness (temporary)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Small flashing lights seen (“seeing stars”)
- Amnesia concerning the injurious event
- Slurring of speech
- Delayed responses when questioned
However, it should be noted that Las Vegas sports concussions, involving children, produce conscious loss in less than 10% of occurrences.
While the above-mentioned symptoms are easy to observe, there are other symptoms that can escape detection. These can include; sleep disturbances, irritability, depression, emotional changes and slower reaction times.
Diagnosis of a Las Vegas sports concussion can be somewhat difficult and will usually require more than one step:
Interview – An interview is conducted in order to determine the extent of any memory loss of any cognitive-related after effects. Post-traumatic amnesia is one of the more accurate ways of determining the ultimate prognosis of the patient.
Determining the severity – Several standardized tests can be given in order to determine the severity and range of the injury. The Sideline Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-2) is one of the most common of the tests that are given.
Examination – An examination is done in order to determine additional neurological symptoms. This involves testing the patient’s; strength, reflexes, sensation, cranial nerve functions, coordination, etc. These tests are designed to rule out any serious brain injuries.
The standard medical treatment for concussion involves just rest and continued observation. Basically, this boils down to refraining from additional sports and other physical activities. This may also include temporarily staying away from watching television, reading or working on the computer. The patient can also be advised to avoid any strenuous mental activity that involves high levels of concentration. Of course, the individual should avoid activities that may lead to further head injury such as; skating, bicycle-riding and amusement park rides.
Alternative Treatment Option
When determining the Sports Concussion treatment that is right for you, seek advice from your doctor and a qualified Las Vegas alternative medical practitioner. This way, you will have the sufficient amount of information needed in order to make an informed decision.