A concussion is a common kind of brain injury that requires emergency care to prevent long-term complications. It can occur any time there is an impact on the head and is a very common injury for athletes and car accident victims. Although concussions are common, there are many myths about them that could endanger you or your child. Don’t let these common concussion myths interfere with getting necessary emergency care after a head injury.
Myth: Don’t Sleep After a Concussion
Typically, only infants and toddlers need to stay awake after a concussion . For others, rest can be an important part of the healing process. If you suspect a concussion in yourself or your child, get emergency care so you can get the right diagnosis. After that, sleep is very beneficial in helping the brain heal. Interrupting sleep can interfere with the recovery process.
Myth: You Can’t Get a Concussion If You Wear a Helmet
It’s important for kids and adults alike to wear helmets when riding a bike or taking part in any other activity in which a head injury is possible. However, wearing a helmet does not protect your head from a concussion. A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken in the head and crashes into the skull—something a helmet cannot prevent. Helmets reduce the risk of catastrophic brain injuries like skull fractures, but a concussion is still possible.
Myth: If You Don’t Pass Out, You Don’t Have a Concussion
Some people mistakenly believe that if you don’t lose consciousness, you don’t have to worry about a concussion. In reality, only a very small number of people who get concussions actually pass out. In fact, losing consciousness isn’t even necessarily indicative of a severe concussion. If you think a concussion is a possibility, seek emergency care.
With our emergency care, pediatrics, neurosciences, and diagnostic imaging departments, Good Samaritan Hospital has all the tools necessary to treat concussion patients of all ages. For more information about all of our hospital services in San Jose , please call (888) 724-2362.