What is a Concussion?
Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury or TBI generally caused by some form of impact to the head. Concussions by themselves are not life threatening however their effects can be serious and can affect long-term health. Concussions are caused by blows or bumps to the head which may affect the brain. The condition normally resolves itself in a few hours or days though in some cases the symptoms may be severe and persist for longer. Injuries or traumas that cause internal bleeding in the skull or brain are not considered concussions. According to experts there are two basic types of concussions – simple and complex.
- Simple concussions are those concussions where the person experiences symptoms for a few hours or days. The patient returns to normal within a period of seven to ten days.
- Complex concussions refer to concussions which result in severe symptoms and can affect normal cognitive functioning. Patients who suffer from repeated concussions also fall into the category of complex concussions.
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