A concussion is temporary dysfunction of the brain that occurs after a significant hit to the body or the brain. A concussion is a diagnosis to be taken seriously and to seek medical attention quickly.
Common head injury and concussion symptoms may include
- Memory and attention difficulties
- Eye tracking issues
- Neck pain
- Sensitivity to light or sound
A concussion or head injury diagnosis can be challenging to identify as the majority of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness or being classically “knocked out.” Concussions can be subtle and may not be be immediately evident after a head injury. Obtaining a thorough assesment from a trained concussion expert can help ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment as early as possible.
Many concussions resolve with appropriate rest and treatment. If you have any concerns about your head injury, we encourage you to seek a medical assessment as early as possible. Seeing an experienced concussion expert can speed your treatment and recovery. Additionally, a trained specialist can help you to best manage your symptoms at work or school, avoid risky activities such as athletics or exercise, and/or screen for additional injuries and worrisome health concerns.
When left undiagnosed for injury, the brain may not have the proper time needed to heal. This can lead to more serious, long-term effects if you sustain another head injury. Occasionally head injuries become more complicated injuries involving intracranial bleeding.
Emergency medical attention is required if you experience or develop:
- Worsening symptoms, especially after experiencing improvement
- Recurrent vomiting
- Loss of function: speaking or using your arms or legs
- Pupils that differ in size
- Increasing confusion
For More Information
Please call our Concussion Clinic at 847.982.4195 if you suspect a concussion or are experiencing any concussion symptoms after a blow to the head or whiplash-type injury. Or consider calling your primary care physician or immediately going to Immediate Care or the ER.