A Common Consequence
Posted on May 13, 2019
It seems that we hear more about concussions than ever before. An injury that was once brushed off in many cases, concussions are now held with much more serious regard. Why? In part because medical researchers have clamored to bring attention to the seriousness of these injuries, but also because of the controversy surrounding concussions and professional football players. Park Avenue Stem Cell offers personal cell therapy for those living with concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion, also known as a minor traumatic brain injury, or MTBI, is a condition that develops when the head or body experiences a bump, blow or other impact to the head or body that causes the brain to move back and forth inside the skull.
When this happens, how the brain functions changes. Brain cells do not easily regenerate, which means it could take weeks, months or years for symptoms to subside.
The effects of concussions – even those deemed very mild – can be severe and leave sufferers with long-term consequences.
These effects include pain, headaches and migraines, fatigue, confusion, short-term memory loss, difficulty sleeping, and changes in mood.
Symptoms of a concussion typically develop immediately after the injury, but in some cases may not show up until a few days or weeks after the event.
How Many Concussions Are Caused by Sports Each Year?
According to researchers, there are between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions in the United States caused by sports and recreation-related activities each year. The majority of these occur during organized high school sports, with 60 percent happening during football.
Other sports in which concussions are frequent include soccer, basketball and bicycling. Playground play also accounts for some concussions.
Suspect a Concussion?
If you think you or your child has had a concussion, you should seek medical attention right away for a diagnosis. A medical professional will also be able to determine when it is safe to return to sports. This is very important; if you return to activity and sustain a second concussion before healing from the first, recovery can be much more difficult, and you could be at risk for more extensive brain damage.
Concussions are serious business; they are a brain injury, after all. According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MTBIs are the cause of more than 2 million emergency room visits each year.
Since brain injury symptoms do no always present immediately after an injury, it is important to get checked out quickly. Since healing the brain can take a significant amount of time, it is essential to seek help. If you’re living with a brain injury, contact Park Avenue Stem Cell today at 917-746-7908 to see if personal cell therapy may help you.