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There are many methods of diagnosing a concussion

Any type of brain injury is serious. It does not matter if you have sustained what you believe is just a hard knock to the noggin, even a seemingly minor incident can lead to a traumatic brain injury. Not only can this affect your life right now, but it can also change the course of your future.

A concussion is a serious brain injury that can alter your life in many ways. This is why you need to receive immediate medical attention, as well as follow up care as necessary.

If you have any reason to believe that you have suffered a concussion, such as the result of a hard blow to the head in a motor vehicle accident, seek immediate medical attention. A medical professional can run a variety of tests to better understand your injury, including the extent and the type of treatment that is best.

There are a few methods of many methods used to diagnose a concussion, which is really a traumatic brain injury:

  • Neurological exam. After your doctor discusses the incident and your current symptoms, he or she will conduct a neurological exam. This typically includes checking things such as strength, hearing, vision, balance, coordination and reflexes.
  • Cognitive testing. Your doctor may conduct tests to better understand your cognitive skills. This typically focuses on your ability to recall information, concentration and memory.
  • Imaging tests. Just the same as any injury, a doctor never wants to make a mistake with your diagnosis. This is why an imaging test is typically ordered if you have hit your head. A CT scan or MRI will give your doctor a detailed view of your brain, helping them decide if you suffered a concussion and its severity.

Depending on your situation, such as your symptoms, you may remain in the hospital overnight for observation. This can be frustrating, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Your medical team may want to monitor your vital signs throughout the day, while also determining if you can be awakened normally during the nighttime hours.

Your next steps

If another person was responsible for your injury, such as a driver of a car, learn more about your legal rights. When you take the right steps, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. This money can be put to good use as you recover, such as by paying for medical bills and other expenses associated with your brain injury.

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