Does gender play a role in the amount of time it takes to recover from a concussion? That is the question researchers tried to answer in a recent study. The study found that concussions impact men and women in different ways, mainly in the amount of time it takes to recover after a concussion or mild brain injury.
The researchers reported that men have more brain damage after a concussion and they take longer to recover from a brain injury compared to women. The study found that men take 67 days on average to recover from a concussion. Women, on the other hand, take an average of 26 days to recover.
The researchers also noted that after a concussion, men had more damage to part of their brain's white matter. This could be why it took men longer to recover after a concussion compared to women, but researchers were not able to say why women suffered less damage to their brain after a concussion or why they recovered faster.
The finding that gender may play a role in how brain injury victims recover from concussions is important information for medical professionals. Doctors should be aware of this study because if men and women have different recovery times, the type of care they receive should be tailored to their own injuries and amount of time it takes to recover.
Like we've discussed in previous posts, it's important for medical professionals to be aware of new studies and medical treatments that can impact their patients' care after a brain injury. Brain injury victims in California should also become familiar with new studies like this one as it could help them understand their injuries better and improve the type of care they receive, which could impact the rest of their lives.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Concussions Do More Damage To Men Than Women," Bahar Gholipour, May 12, 2014