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Can you diagnose and treat a concussion at home?

If you suspect a concussion, such as after a motor vehicle accident, you shouldn't hesitate to seek medical treatment. There's always a possibility that you're suffering from a more serious head injury, such as bleeding on the brain or a skull fracture.

Attempting to treat a concussion at home is a serious mistake, as this brain injury requires medical treatment. Upon visiting a local hospital, your doctor will run a variety of tests to pinpoint your injury and rule out other conditions.

Tests typically include but are not always limited to:

  • Physical exam, paying close attention to common symptoms such as headache, dizziness and inability to balance
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • X-ray

Since evidence of a concussion is not always visible on a diagnostic scan, your doctor is likely to perform a neuropsychological test as well. This is meant to determine if you're having issues with your memory and cognition.

For example, a neuropsychological test typically involves performing specific tasks or answering questions. Your doctor may ask you to repeat a series of words or numbers, giving them a better idea of if you're thinking clearly.

If you're diagnosed with a concussion, your doctor will outline a treatment strategy to follow. Depending on your symptoms, they may also suggest that you stay in the hospital for 24 to 48 hours for observation.

As you recover, don't lose track of the steps you can take to protect your legal rights. It's important to do whatever necessary to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries and other accident-related damages.

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