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A car crash may leave you with post-concussion syndrome

If you hit your head on your car’s steering wheel, airbag or dash, you may be at risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of TBIs. 

Following any accident, it is a good idea to seek emergency medical care. A doctor may use a variety of diagnostic tools to determine if you have a TBI. If your symptoms continue for days, weeks, months or longer, though, you may have post-concussion syndrome. 

What is post-concussion syndrome?

Post-concussion syndrome often happens after a person sustains a TBI. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you may have developed the condition: 

  • Headaches 
  • Dizziness, confusion or disorientation 
  • Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite 
  • Blurred vision or ringing in your ears 
  • Anger, irritability or frustration 

Many of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome are indistinguishable from the symptoms of a mild or moderate TBI. If you seem not to recover from your head injury after a few days, you should follow up with your doctor immediately. 

What treatment options do you have?

Treating post-concussion syndrome can be difficult. Typically, doctors attempt to alleviate the condition’s symptoms. For example, if you have blurred vision, your physician may recommend visual therapy. Prescription and over-the-counter medication may also help with pain, nausea or other physical symptoms. 

Because it may be possible to treat your post-concussion syndrome, you should not let your ongoing TBI symptoms frustrate you. Instead, you should understand your treatment options and focus on pursuing reasonable financial compensation from the driver who caused the crash.