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What might seem like just a bump to the head could be a brain injury. Concussions are sometimes referred to as a “mild brain injury” because they are usually not life-threatening. However, if not recognized or taken seriously, a concussion can have significant complications and cause permanent impairment.
A concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury and is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or hit to the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull. This quick, violent movement can cause damage to brain cells and alter brain function.
Know the Symptoms:
Signs and symptoms of a concussion generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days.
A blow to the head can cause a dangerous collection of blood to develop known as a hematoma. Seek immediate medical attention if you note any of the following symptoms:
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