Have you recently been in a high impact situation where you hurt your shoulder, from maybe playing a sport or being in an accident? If you have and you start to experience pain and swelling at the top of your shoulder, don’t be quick to write it off.
A hockey check, a bicycle accident, a fall from a tree. All are potential causes of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Concussions, and especially sports-related concussions, can vary in the extent of the injury and the severity of the symptoms. Common mental or physical symptoms might include trouble concentrating, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, sensitivity to light or forgetfulness.
Correct management of a sports-related concussion is crucial in not only helping the athlete begin healing, but in preventing further damage. It can be difficult, however, to understand the proper course of action. Some athletes will not need imaging performed; but they may need to not participate in sports for a period of time and gradually return to play.