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Learning more about Concussions and Brain Injuries

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and LA Medical Retail wants more people to be aware of this all-too-common injury and the impact it has on individuals, families and society.

Concussions

Concussions are the most common type of a brain injury. What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can and do affect people of every age, and can be very dangerous to children and older people.

A concussion is considered a “mild” brain injury, but should not be dismissed as “no big deal”. Many problems develop for people who receive multiple concussions such as professional sports athletes and military personnel. Despite what is portrayed on TV and movies, most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.

What are the signs that a person may have received concussion?

  • Headache or “pressure” in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”

Remember, you can’t see a concussion and some people may not experience and/or report symptoms until hours or days after the injury. Most people with a concussion will recover quickly and fully. But for some people, signs and symptoms of concussion can last for days, weeks or longer.

One great way to prevent falls that cause concussions is with safety equipment in the home, especially in the bathroom and bedroom. Let LA Medical Retail help you. Visit our online catalog or stop in and see us in person so we can show you the many options available. Protect your brain; it’s the only one you get!

Concussions: They’re Kind of a Big Deal. Do You Know the Warning Signs?

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

In the United States alone, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury annually. Of those injured, nearly 80 percent are treated and released from an emergency department. Most of those 80 percent are for concussions. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and everyone at LA Medical wants you to be aware of the signs and dangers of a concussion.

Concussions are the most common brain injury, and most occur without a loss of consciousness.

Concussions are the most common brain injury, and most occur without a loss of consciousness.

What is a concussion? A concussion is a mild type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.

Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Concussions affect people of every age. They are and more dangerous to children and older people. Did you know that most concussions occur without loss of consciousness? That’s why it’s so important to recognize and respond to concussions when they first occur to help prevent further injury or even death.

What are the signs of a concussion? Some of the most common are:

Headache or “pressure” in head

Nausea or vomiting

Balance problems or dizziness

Double or blurry vision

Sensitivity to light and/or noise

Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy,

Concentration or memory problems

Confusion

Not “feeling right” or is “feeling down.”

A concussion may be considered a “mild” brain injury but should never be dismissed a “no big deal”.

Remember, you can’t see a concussion, only the signs. Some people may not experience and/or report symptoms until hours or even days after the injury. Most people with a concussion will recover quickly and fully but concussions can last for days, weeks, or longer for other people. Don’t take chances, see a doctor right away.

Safety equipment for the home, especially the bathroom and bedroom is a great way to prevent falls that cause concussions. Let the LA Medical help you. Visit our online catalog or stop in and see us in person and let show you the many options available.

Sources: the Brain Injury Alliance of America, CDC.org

Use Your Head and Protect Your Brain during Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted on: March 12th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) can affect any person at any age. According to the CDC, in 2007, 29,354 patients were hospitalized with a TBI in California of these 7 percent died, and 25% were sent to another facility for further, long-term treatment. LA Medical offers supplies for people living with TBI both at home or in out-of-home facilities.

Brain injuries, while seemingly mild on the outside, can lead to severe health consequences.

Brain injuries, while seemingly mild on the outside, can lead to severe health consequences.

There are several levels and degrees of brain injury. The most common level is the concussion.  Web MD defines a concussion as when the head sustains a hard blow and the impact jars or shakes the brain inside the skull, interrupting the brain’s normal activities. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.

Symptoms of a concussion can include any of the following changes in the person’s level of consciousness, such as:

Loss of consciousness.

Inability to remember what happened immediately before or after the injury (amnesia).

Confusion.

Asking the same question over and over.

Dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, or unsteadiness.

Blurred or double vision.

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Changes in personality.

A decreased ability to talk or feed himself or herself.

Changes in how well a child is able to do physical activities, such as increased
unsteadiness that makes it hard for the child to walk or stand.

In a small child, increased fussiness or lack of energy.

Ongoing headaches.

Symptoms of a concussion can be mild to severe, depending on the severity of the injury. If the injury is more serious, symptoms will usually develop within the first 24 hours after the accident. Symptoms may last for days, weeks, or even months following the injury.

A single concussion from a fall, a blow to the head, or a motor vehicle accident is serious, but usually only lasts a relatively short amount of time.  There are growing concerns and increased attention regarding athletes and concussions, especially repeated concussions. These concerns are being explored from the young athletes in school based physical sports like tackle football, wrestling and hockey up to professional NFL football players, NHL hockey players and those involved in types of boxing. The link between repeated concussions and a condition called chronic encephalopathy is being studied in the brain of many deceased athletes. The studies show consistent patterns of damage to the brain not found in the average person and brain disorders in younger people that would normally show up in people many years older including Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

LA Medical encourages safety and prevention of any kind of brain injury or concussion and helpful assistance with medical equipment and supplies. We carry a wide range of bathroom safety equipment, canes and walkers to promote safety and injury prevention. Protect your brain; it’s the only one you have.

Source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention