Concussion Symptoms and Treatment

“You can’t have a concussion, you didn’t get knocked out.”

“You didn’t crack your skull, you can’t have a brain injury.”

“You don’t need to see a doctor if you didn’t hit your head.”

These are three common myths about concussions that you shouldn’t listen to. Although a loss of consciousness is common in concussions, it’s not universal. Some of the most serious brain injuries can occur without cracking your skull. And you should certainly see a doctor if you think you suffered a concussion, whether you experienced a direct blow to the head or not. Sometimes a jolt of the head, such as what you might experience during a car accident, can cause a serious brain injury.

Concussion Symptoms to Look For

If you think you might have suffered a concussion, look for these symptoms:

  • Difficulty thinking

  • Moodiness, depression, or anxiety following accident

  • Difficulty remembering, especially new information

  • Headaches

  • Vision problems

  • Light or noise sensitivity

  • Nausea, dizziness, or vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Sleep problems—either sleeping too much or too little.

For children, the symptoms can be harder to identify, because they can’t tell you what they’re feeling, but if they seem to not be acting like themselves or complaining about ongoing headaches, you should take them to see their doctor.

Concussion Treatment

You can provide treatment for minor concussions at home. The victim should rest and relax. A dim room without too much stimulation is a good place to rest. An ice pack can be used to help control swelling, and acetaminophen should be used to help control pain. NSAIDS like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can make dangerous bleeding in the brain worse.

You should seek emergency treatment if:

  • Headache worsens

  • Vomiting is constant

  • Confusion worsens

  • Drowsiness or dizziness worsens

  • Pupils are of uneven size or the eyes do not move together

  • Slurred speech

  • Seizure

  • Body weakness or lack of muscle control

These are signs of potentially serious brain injury.

If you are looking for a primary care doctor in Littleton who can help treat injuries like concussion, please call 303-703-8583 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Andy Fine today.

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