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Can a Mild Concussion Have Long-Term Effects?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain or even damage to brain cells. Since even a mild concussion can cause a significant impact on the brain, many people wonder if it can have long-term side effects.

Can a Mild Concussion Have Long-Term Side Effects?

Although mild concussions are not usually life-threatening, they can still be serious injuries. Thankfully, there is no scientific evidence that a simple concussion has long-term side effects. In most cases, the brain only needs to be allowed to fully heal because a person risks a subsequent concussion.

According to Piedmont Healthcare researchers, 80 to 85 percent of those who suffer a mild concussion will recover within two to three weeks. They also found that there are no known long-term health consequences. The key to successfully healing from a concussion is to let the brain completely heal before it is potentially reinjured.

Athletes & Mild Concussions

However, studies also revealed that athletes who do return to play without allowing their brains to heal first might be setting themselves up for serious long-term side effects. When athletes don’t let their brain injury fully recover and suffer another hit to the head, they will likely have prolonged effects that can significantly impact their well-being in a multitude of ways. For example, it can impact their memory, balance, sleep, and mood. It can also result in chronic headaches.

If you suffered a brain injury because of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our San Francisco brain injury lawyers today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a consultation!

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