Can self-monitoring help you track the symptoms of a brain injury?
Brain injuries can occur in sports, at work, when you are involved in an accident – it is possible to suffer a brain injury from any bump to the head. What many people do not realize is that the symptoms of brain damage can become more pronounced over time. Although a first visit to a home can only be a diagnosis of a concussion, persistent symptoms can be overlooked if the patient is not familiar with the things to watch out for.
Tips to Fitness Trackers
Tracking oneself is a growing trend in which people with fitness trackers and sleep monitors are trying to optimize their health by collecting their own data for analysis. With many applications for personalizing your self-monitoring, it is possible for a person with a brain injury to monitor their health after visiting A & E to see if their concussion is serious.
Tracking earlier tips
The problem with tracking an earlier injury is that people are only looking for big and unexpected changes. They also can then not provide information about the actual onset of symptoms or their progression. With customizable trackers, such as track and share apps on the iPhone or the integrated health app, patients can track the incidence of obvious symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision or mood swings. You can also follow less obvious symptoms, such as signs of depression. These can then be shared with a doctor, nurse or even brain injury solicitor if the patient wishes to receive compensation for a misdiagnosis.
Point for future care
The next big step in the aftercare of patients in the UK would be to standardize them to ensure that all patients have access to a reliable way to track post-traumatic symptoms and share primary care with their provider. By creating a tracker that would prompt patients to input their health data and remind them of appointments or milestones in their recovery, we could really take aftercare of brain injury into the 21st century.