Common signs and symptoms of a concussion

September 11, 2019 Providence Brain & Spine Team

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI, caused by trauma to the head or body, such as a bump, blow, jolt, or a tackle in sports that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

As part of our Pick of the Week series focused on student athletes, we look at the signs and symptoms of concussion so you can recognize them quickly and get the appropriate medical care.

Listen to what Dr. Michael Marvi has to say on the subject. He is a Neurologist and the Director of Movement Disorders and Concussion Management Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Concussion symptoms

Do you know how to tell if you or someone else has a concussion? Looking for these signs and symptoms after a traumatic event or blow to the head can help you determine if you need treatment.  If not treated, there can be long-term consequences, such as headaches and fatigue that can go on for years. Untreated concussions can also lead to lowered levels of mental alertness and an inability to focus.

Here are some common symptoms to look for if you’ve received a blow to the head or body:

  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Difficulty focusing your thoughts and comprehension
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of short term memory
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Ringing in the ears

Concussion treatment

Early treatment is the key to faster healing and less time away from school, work, sports, and other activities. It’s also important to make sure you don’t re-injure the brain while concussed, as this can lead to long-term health problems.

If you or someone you know is experiencing some or all of the symptoms above, see your doctor or a concussion expert right away. They will help you with your next steps to recovery.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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