When you or a loved one experiences any kind of head injury, the first worry is if you or they have a concussion. Concussions can be mild or they can be life threatening especially if left untreated. It’s important to know the warning signs of a concussion and what you can do to prevent complications.
What is a Concussion
A concussion is actually a mild form of traumatic brain injury. The most common causes of concussions are either direct hits to the head, as in a boxing match or falling accident, or a severe whiplash injury from a car accident that causes the brain to be shaken and bruised.
What to Look for
- Slowed Reaction Time
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
- Sensitivity to Light and Sound
- Memory and Balance Issues
- Drowsiness and Dizziness
- Double or Blurred Vision
- Severe Headache
- Lack of Concentration
- Unequal Pupil Size
- Abnormal Eye Movement
- Brief Black Out
Know that symptoms may be immediate, or they could take hours or even days to develop after the initial incident.
When to See a Doctor
A mild concussion may be nothing to worry about, and time may be the only way to heal it. However, some troubling . Any time a concussion occurs along with a neck or back injury they must see a doctor immediately.
So, what can be done about a concussion? For headaches, a doctor may suggest or prescribe various pain medications until you are feeling better. In serious cases where bleeding or swelling in the brain is detected, surgery may need to be performed in order to prevent serious and/or permanent brain injury.
For any further questions or concerns, please contact your nearest medical facility. We are open 24/7 for all of your urgent medical needs.