Concussions From Car AccidentsFiled under Personal Injury
According to the Brain Injury Association of America the statistics involving brain injuries are sobering. Of the 1.7 million people who sustain a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States:
- 50,000 will die;
- 235,000 will require hospitalization;
- 1.1 million will be treated and released from an emergency room;
When most people think of a brain injury, they think of complete impairment or a person in a vegetative state. However, this is most often not the case. Did you know that a “concussion” is a form of brain injury? In fact, concussions are the most common type of traumatic brain injuries.
Concussions occur as the axons of neurons stretch and contort and brain fluid from the axons literally squirts out the ends of the telodendrites which is the end process of the neuron that transmits neurotransmitter substance to other brain cells. A concussion is basically a complicated pathophysiological process that impacts the brain.
It is often the case that, following a traumatic event resulting in a concussion, mental function is at least temporarily impaired. There is usually damage from the biochemical changes in neurons negatively affecting cell membranes and synapses. The “synapse” is simply the junction between where neurons release neurotransmitter substance from one cell before it is received by the receptors of another cell.
According to the American Academy of Neurology, concussions may be rated in one of two graded fashions:
Grade 1: Some transient confusion; no loss of consciousness and symptoms clear up in 15 minutes;
Grade 2: Some transient confusion; no loss of consciousness and symptoms last longer than 15 minutes.
A concussion is nothing to be taken lightly. While we hear of concussions occurring all the time in professional sports, and therefore tend to view it as routine injury, athletes are highly conditioned individuals that are in peak physical shape and have the ability to withstand trauma in ways that might adversely affect the average person. However, even athletes often suffer significant problems from concussions which lead to major cognitive problems later in life.
If you or a loved one has sustained a concussion from a car accident or some other type of personal injury, make sure you receive prompt medical attention from a medical professional. Because a “concussion” is the type of injury that is difficult to self-diagnose, it is imperative to receive appropriate medical attention following a personal injury to ensure there are no major problems left unaddressed.