Persisting Headaches after a car accident means a concussion. If you link avoiding bright lights and loud noises to headache, you have a concussion.
Now we know even minor brain injury can lead to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Depression/Anxiety.
Any of these starting after an MVA brings up the strong suspicion of a brain injury.
How it Happens:
A rapid twisting or shaking of the head during the sudden deceleration of a n MVA or falling to the floor can hurt your brain. You do not need to leave a bruise or have external signs of a head injury to have a traumatic brain injury.
Many people assume that concussions involve a loss of consciousness, but that is not true. In many cases, a person with a concussion never loses consciousness.
If you have a concussion after an MVA with persisting headaches and difficulty concentrating you need to tell your coach and see a physician. We at After Accident Care have detailed experience helping people both recover from concussions and return to playing contact sports. There are clear but changing guidelines in this arena.
Not only can we give real guidance on when and how to return to sports, we can help clearly identify if you have a brain injury. We use state of the art laser based measurement of eye movements to document brain injury. And we can show return to normal.
The VNG measures our eye movement as we look at things. If we watch something and turn our body, the eyes move in both a coordinated and precise way. The VNG measures with laser precision the subtle shaking of our eyes after a brain injury. The resulting measurements provide a way to document injury and recovery.
The “shark” in the water continues to be progressive early dementia, like Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and anxiety-depression. Yes a single concussion can change our brain to begin premature dementia.
The use of these modern tests will help us identify better treatments to prevent progressive dementia.
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