An Acton, Florida, physiotherapist is taking action against current thoughts about concussions by hosting “Concussion Clinics” to educate clients about these traumas. Defined as a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion results from a blow to the head or face and requires swift identification and proper treatment to avoid long-term brain damage in some cases.
Concussions can happen in any sport, according to the expert, and can also occur during falls or fights. More emphasis is now being placed on correctly identifying concussions and treating them before allowing players to return to sports or injury victims to return to work. Teaching patients and doctors to identify concussions is of primary importance, and involvement of school teachers, coaches, parents, and employers can be critical in rapid identification of a possible concussion situation.
Common mental signs of concussions include confusion and loss of memory, loss of consciousness, lack of concentration, and inappropriate emotions. Physical signs include headache, dizziness, vision problems, ringing in the ears, and poor balance. Patients should be referred to a medical facility that specializes in the identification and treatment of brain injuries.
Victims who have suffered concussions or other head injuries in an accident, fall, or while playing sports may be entitled to have their medical bills, lost wages, and other costs paid for by the person or company responsible for the accident. In order to determine the best way to collect these damages, brain injury victims or their families may turn to a personal injury attorney who may be able to help them find ways to recover compensation for an injury caused by negligence.
Source: Orangeville Citizen, “Head injury concern? Erin has a concussion clinic,” Lindsey Papp, March 21, 2013