How Do I Know When I have a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are often caused by a violent blow to the head, or violent shaking or whipping of the head or upper body. Concussions can happen at any place and time. They can be caused by automobile accidents, work related accidents, falls or during outdoor and sports related activities. Some jobs and full contact sports activities tend to have a higher rate of concussion, even with protective equipment. Recently, new research has shown that concussions can be a real reason for concern, especially if they occur more than once, as is often the case in sports like boxing, martial arts, and football.

Concussions are always serious, and require prompt medical attention to determine the extent of damage. If you think that you have a concussion, you should immediately seek medical attention. If untreated, concussions can cause bleeding in the brain as well as other, sometimes fatal complications. Here are a few warning signs that you can look for to determine if you think you might have a concussion:

Concussion warning signs and symptoms

In addition to these immediate symptoms, some symptoms may not show up for hours or even days after the event. If you suspect a concussion, do not make an office appointment. Get immediate medical attention.

Changes in memory and the ability to concentrate: these types of changes regarding cognitive function, memory, or even personality are sometimes indicative of a brain injury. Other symptoms such as irritability, depression, or other psychological problems should not go unheeded.

If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to seek medical attention. If you would like to know more about concussions or to schedule an appointment with one of our leading orthopedic physicians or sports medicine specialists, please call 9725961059 or request an appointment online. At Tarpon Orthopedics Sports Medicine, Spine & Pain Specialists, our goal is to get you healthy and back onto the field of play.

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