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Take it easy after suffering a concussion

West Virginia residents might have noticed that brain injuries have been a hot topic in recent years, with many news stories coming out about NFL players and combat veterans suffering debilitating problems due to head trauma. However, a person doesn't have to be a professional athlete or a soldier to experience a brain injury. Student athletes and car accident victims often suffer concussions, which are mild traumatic brain injuries.

Concussions happen when someone experiences a blow to the head or body that leaves them feeling dazed or causes them to lose consciousness for less than 30 minutes. A victim may not remember the event that led to the head trauma. After being checked out by a doctor, victims are often sent home to recover. While a full recovery is expected in most cases, there are a few things that a head trauma patient can do to help the healing process.

Experts recommend that those recovering from a concussion do not drink alcohol, which can interrupt normal sleep cycles and impede recovery. It is all suggested that patients take it easy and refrain from physical exertion, which can exacerbate symptoms like headaches and dizziness. It is also critical for concussion patients to avoid situations in which they could suffer a second concussion, such as sports or driving without a seat belt. Those who experience multiple concussions are at higher risk for permanent brain damage.

A severe head injury can lead to a lifetime of health issues, which could rack up staggering medical bills and make it difficult to work. A person who has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another party may want to contact a personal injury attorney to find out how best to seek compensation for the losses such as medical expenses that have been incurred.

Source: Military Times, "Kevlar for the Mind: Recovering from traumatic brain injuries," Bret Moore, Jan. 25, 2016

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