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Why Even Mild Concussions Should Be Taken Seriously

3 Reasons to Treat a Concussion with Care

According to the University of Michigan Health, about 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur every year in the United States. These are so common that young athletes and families tend to downplay their severity and try to expedite necessary protocols in order to get back on the field.

As a brain injury, a concussion should be treated with strict care. Not receiving the treatment you need or downplaying symptoms could become an even greater issue. Even when the concussion is diagnosed as mild, it should be handled as if it’s worse—here are three reasons why.

#1. The Issue Could Become Aggravated

In most mild cases, the symptoms of a concussion should subside within about 10 days. However, when leaving these untreated, they could aggravate into long-term complications and chronic mental and physical ailments. Memory problems, chronic headaches and fatigue, and vertigo can significantly affect your daily life and ability to enjoy many things you used to.

#2. You May Not Always Recover Quickly

Despite there being a standard recovery period for concussions, issues may persist longer than anticipated (even if treated properly). This is known as post-concussion syndrome, and it affects upwards of 10% of individuals—although as many as 30% could be affected depending on age.

#3. You Could Develop Mental Health Issues Later in Life

At this point, nearly everyone has heard of at least one professional athlete openly acknowledging their mental health struggles. From depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and dementia, concussions and other brain trauma have been linked to several psychiatric disorders. While there is no definitive answer for how many concussions is too many, and this research is still improving, medical professionals caution against having three or more since they can lead to significant issues down the line.

Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Your brain health is of the utmost importance, and we want to help ensure that you are able to have the compensation necessary to recover. The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C. are here to advocate for your rights. Schedule a free consultation with our team to discuss your legal options by calling (254) 938-6885.

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