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Concussion affects all ages and can happen any time of the year, but as we enter the winter months, there are certain risk factors that may increase as the days get shorter and temperatures drop. The CDC estimates 2.8 million people visit the emergency room each year because of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This statistic includes not only mild TBI, synonymous with concussion, but moderate to severe TBI as well. In 2013, falls were the leading cause of TBI, accounting for 47% of all emergency room related visits.
Concussion awareness has increased in recent years; however, keep these three considerations in mind this winter to avoid getting a concussion.
Click here to visit our conditions treated page for a list of the signs and symptoms of concussion that you should be aware of.
If you or someone you know has sustained a concussion, seeking medical care with your primary care provider, urgent care, or the emergency room may be necessary. Sheltering Arms Total Concussion Care Program provides rehabilitation services including physician management, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and psychology services to serve the post-concussion needs of the community. Click here or call (804) 764-1000 if you’ve suffered a concussion and need help managing your symptoms.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion. Basic Information: Get the Facts. Accessed November 11, 2018. Updated April 27, 2017.