Concussions can have a significant impact on your life and your ability to maintain your current lifestyle. Recovering from a concussion can take a long time, especially if you suffered a more severe concussion.
The recovery period may also be affected depending on your sex. A new study reports that women take a longer time to recover after a concussion when it comes to their memory skills.
The researchers looked at men and women who suffered concussions and reviewed MRI scans to study their brains. The researchers reported that the men's brains were more active in the part of the brain that impacts your memory compared to women's brains.
Specifically, the study found that the working memory, or short-term memory, in men seemed to recover after six weeks from the original scan. However, women still showed signs of an injured brain when it came to their working memory during the same time frame.
The researchers could not pinpoint the reason for the difference in recovery time. However, they did say that brain injuries can affect women differently and that women are more likely to report ongoing symptoms to their doctors compared to men.
The study's findings are important because it could affect the type of treatment you receive after a brain injury. Patients and doctors need to be aware of the different ways a concussion may impact men and women and treat each patient accordingly. While every patient's needs are different, women may require alternative treatment than men to make sure they are on the right path to recovery.
Brain injuries are very serious. Victims of brain injuries should understand the vital importance of seeking medical attention immediately as well as the importance of talking to an attorney to discuss their rights if their injury was caused by someone else's negligence.