August Q & A Concussions Part 5

August 21, 2016

Every 15 seconds, someone in America has a concussion, and 1.5 million people live with traumatic brain injury every day. This month, experts from the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program will answer questions about concussions and why seeking treatment is so important. Here is Dr. Krista Damann to discuss common myths and misconceptions regarding concussions.

Question #5: What are the most common myths/misconceptions regarding concussions?

Myth: You must lose consciousness to suffer a concussion.

Fact: Concussions can occur even when someone does not lose consciousness. This is true in both children and adults. Most concussions (more than 90%) occur without loss of consciousness.

Myth: Children recover from concussion quicker than adults.

Fact: Children, especially adolescents and teenagers, may require a longer recovery time period from a concussion than an adult. Everyone responds to and recovers from concussions differently. Recovery times may vary.

Myth: You need a brain imaging test to diagnose a concussion.

Fact: A concussion in an ‘invisible injury’ and cannot be seen on most CT or MRI scans, which is why testing and treatment by trained medical personnel is so important.

Myth: Concussions are limited to athletes.

Fact: A concussion can be suffered by anyone and are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. A concussion can also be caused by violent movement or jarring of the head or neck.

Learn more about Rochester Regional Health’s Concussion Program on our website here.