Concussion Overview

The human brain tissue is quite soft and pliable and is protected by a buffering layer of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF serves to protect the brain from light trauma. However, severe brain injury may occur depending on the extent of impact and rotational forces on the brain and brain stem. These forces may result in bruising and or bleeding with damage to brain tissue. While traumatic brain injuries may bruise a specific area of the brain, effects may be widespread throughout the brain.

Concussions may result from any sort of blow, impact, or trauma to the head. Some of the most common causes of concussion include:

  • Automobile & Motorcycle Accidents
  • Sports-Related Injuries and Collisions
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Falls

Common potential risk factors for concussions include:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Athletic activity

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) that results from forceful impact. Concussions may lead to a temporary lapse in cognitive function and can be accompanied by loss of consciousness in 10% of patients who sustain concussions.

What Causes Concussions

Observation

In some circumstances [less than 1% of concussions], mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) may be accompanied by brain hemorrhage. This condition can be potentially life-threatening. Following a concussion, one should seek evaluation by a medical professional for further evaluation and treatment. If a post concussion patient experiences an increase in symptoms they should seek medical re-evaluation.

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