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Understanding post-concussion syndrome

We at Giarrusso Norton Cooley and McGlone, P.C. often hear from Quincy clients who have suffered head trauma in an accident that they were lucky to escape with just a concussion. If you count yourself among this group, then you may have been told by someone that a concussion is only a mild injury that rarely produces dangerous results. However, while concussions many not produce to same sort of immediate impairment often associated with severe traumatic brain injuries, their effects can linger over time and produce what is known as post-concussion syndrome.

Most expect the effects of a concussion to abate in a week or two. It is when your symptoms continue past this amount of time that you may be suffering from post-concussion syndrome. The initial symptoms often continue to be the same that you experienced immediately following your concussion, such as a lack of mental focus and even an intellectual dullness. Pretty soon, effects begin to progress into:

  •          Memory loss
  •          Attention deficits
  •          Rapid mood swings
  •          Waning energy
  •          Permanent personality changes

Alone, these symptoms can often be managed. Yet collectively, they may make it difficult for you to maintain your job or function normally in societal settings.

Currently, healthcare providers and medical researchers cannot explain why some suffer from post-concussion syndrome while others in similar circumstances do not. While many believe it to be limited to those who have suffered multiple concussions, clinical cases have shown it to manifest in first-time concussion victims. Thus, if you ever happen to be among the 138 people that the CDC estimates suffer some form of brain injury every day, you could realistically find yourself dealing with this condition and all of the expenses that come with it.

You can find more information on the consequences of concussions by continuing to explore our site. 

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