Severe concussion symptoms have been linked to a long-term recovery problem called post-concussion syndrome, according to a new study.
Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder causing prolonged symptoms including dizziness and headaches.
Researchers followed 179 children and teens diagnosed with a concussion during an initial ER visit. They found that the patients with severe concussion symptoms immediately after injury were three times more likely to suffer from post-concussive syndrome one month later. That’s twenty-two out of the original 179 youth participants.
Researchers could not link symptom severity with total recovery time.
The study highlights that follow-up care is critical for all who have suffered a concussion, regardless of symptoms.
“Follow-up is recommended for all patients after emergency department evaluation of concussion to monitor for delayed symptoms resolution,” said researchers.
Mobile Apps to Help with Concussion Diagnosis and Care
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released their Heads Up App to help parents, teachers, and coaches with concussion diagnosis and care.
The Heads Up app also includes helpful information for choosing the right helmet for different activities, and provides safety tips for prevention at home, on the playground, or during different activities.
And if you’re suffering from a concussion yourself, another helpful resource is the HEADWays Concussion App. It’s the only self-management tool for individuals who have suffered a concussion. Sponsored by Slater Vecchio, VGH, and the UBC Hospital Foundation, it’s written and created by doctors who specialize in concussion care.
HEADWays can be downloaded for free on iTunes. Or click here to download to an android phone.