BIAA Wishes Senator Mitch McConnell a Speedy Recovery Following Concussion Diagnosis
March 9, 2023
Fairfax, Va. – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is currently being treated at a hospital in Washington, D.C. after suffering a concussion from a fall on Wednesday night. The senator is remaining in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment.
“The Brain Injury Association of America wishes Senator McConnell a speedy and full recovery,” said Rick Willis, president and CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “A concussion can happen to anyone at any time, and the vast majority of concussions occur as a result of slips and falls that happen in our everyday activities. It is important for anyone who thinks they may have a concussion to get checked by a healthcare professional and take time to properly rest and recover.”
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when your brain moves in a way that it shouldn’t, and typically happens from a bump, hit, or sudden rapid movement. Whether it is a slip on loose carpet or a tumble down stairs, falls are the leading cause of concussion. The vast majority of concussions happen in everyday accidents, and over half of people who suspect they have a concussion never get it checked. If you suspect that you have a concussion, get it checked by a qualified healthcare professional.
Many people who have concussions will experience a variety of concussion symptoms, which can include headaches, dizziness, and more. Most people can expect their symptoms to diminish after 2-3 weeks, however lingering symptoms can persist in certain situations.
In December of last year, BIAA announced that they have cofounded a coalition called Concussion Awareness Now, which has produced educational campaigns and other awareness efforts focused on seeking care for a possible concussion. Concussion Awareness Now is comprised of nearly 20 advocacy groups focused on brain injury and will work to raise awareness about the importance of diagnosis and treatment for concussions.
If you or someone you love has sustained a concussion or repeat concussions, its important to get it checked. If your symptoms are severe, go to your nearest emergency room. Otherwise, seek help from an urgent care or contact your physician.
Individuals in need of resources and support after brain injury should contact BIAA’s National Brain Injury Information Center at 1-800-444-6443.