In part two of this blog series, we’ll continue to debunk some of the most common myths about concussion symptoms and give you the knowledge you need to keep your head safe (click here to read Part 1).
Kids take the longest time to recover from concussions.
Fact: Adolescents actually take the longest to recover. They also experience the most severe symptoms and have the hardest time coping with their symptoms.
X-Rays or CT Scans can diagnose concussions.
Fact: X-Rays and CT Scans cannot diagnose concussion. These tests cannot measure the microscopic damage caused by the “brain jiggle”. A diagnosis can only be made by a knowledgeable examiner familiar with the symptoms. Click here for the CDC’s list of concussion symptoms.
You have to hit your head in order to get a concussion.
Fact: You DO NOT need to hit your head in order to sustain a concussion. A strong blow to the body or chest can cause enough force to cause the brain to jiggle and lead to concussion.
Physical rest is the cure for concussions.
Fact: This is partially true. Physical rest is definitely a part of traditional treatment; however, new evidence is surfacing that stresses the importance of “mental rest” as well (for more information check out our blog on the importance of balanced mental rest).
Helmets prevent concussions.
Fact: Helmets DO NOT prevent concussions. Helmets prevent you from receiving serious head injuries and protect your head from fracturing during a blow, but they cannot stop the “brain jiggle” inside your skull that leads to concussion.
Melissa Kiley is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a special interest in concussion/acquired brain injury as well as literacy skills development. She has been working with clients for over 10 years and is highly skilled in developing functional and innovative treatments.