An article flashed across my Internet news feed this week: Brain injury to a woman after domestic violence. My first thought was, get her some hyperbaric oxygen therapy. But, it also got me thinking about all the other ways we can get a mild brain injury. Most commonly we think of athletes and concussions, but there are multiple ways to get a head injury.
We’ve talked about concussions in previous posts and also post-concussion syndrome, but it’s good to take a look at the symptoms again in light of thinking outside the box of sports.
Post-concussion symptoms can include persistent headache, dizziness, anxiety, fatigue, memory impairment, diminished concentration, brain fog and more.
So, besides an athletic injury, what else might give you a slight concussion that leaves you with these persistent symptoms? A car accident, a fall where you hit your head, something hitting you in the head.
Currently, we have patients with post-concussion symptoms from: a head-on car accident, an elderly patient who slipped in the bathroom and hit his head, a young athlete who got hit in the head with a ball, a patient who knocked heads with a friend reaching for the same tool, among many others.
If you, or someone you know, has headaches, fatigue and memory issues and has a history or some kind of injury to the head, please check with your doctor and look into hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It can make a world of difference.