What are Signs of a Concussion?︱IMPACT Physical Therapy

What are Signs of a Concussion?

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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury typically caused by a fall or major hit to the head. This violent motion causes your brain to crash against your skull, which can result in several concussion symptoms. Learn the signs of concussion and what to do next with help from IMPACT Physical Therapy. 

Concussion Symptoms

Concussions are most common after a fall, car accident, or playing a contact sport such as football or soccer. Patients may lose consciousness temporarily, but this is not always the case. Witnesses often mention immediate signs of concussion such as slurred speech, dazed expressions, or delayed responses.

The signs of concussion vary depending on the severity of injury. Some may not show any signs at all, while others may experience side effects right away. Concussion symptoms may not appear for several days, so keep an eye out for changes such as: 

  • Headaches 
  • Ears ringing
  • Vomiting and nausea 
  • Blurry vision or “seeing stars” 
  • Abnormal fatigue 
  • Confusion or forgetfulness
  • Memory loss, especially about the accident itself 
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Personality shifts such as irritability 

Concussion Treatment 

If you experience signs of concussions after an accident, it’s best to visit your doctor for a professional diagnosis. Doctors will perform a neurological examination that involves brain imaging and cognitive testing. A CT scan will determine whether or not there is brain swelling or bleeding, especially in cases where the concussions symptoms worsen over time. 

The most common concussion treatment is physical and mental rest. This requires patients to:

  • Limit mentally taxing activities: this includes any video games, watching TV, reading, computer use, or any other activity that involves significant concentration.
  • Limit physical strain: avoiding the activity that causes the concussion is recommended until there’s been time to heal. 
  • Shortened work or school days: modifying your schedule to build in rest is crucial after a head injury. 
  • Rest but stay engaged: while unplugging and relaxing are essential for concussion treatment, the patient should not avoid all stimuli completely. Moderate physical and mental activity is okay, as excessive sleeping or disengagement does not help with recovery. 

As your signs of concussion begin to subside, your doctor will recommend increasing your activity levels. Even after receiving the all clear, it’s still best to take things slow and avoid situations that could result in another head injury. 

Find Concussion Treatment at IMPACT Physical Therapy

If you are experiencing concussion symptoms it’s important to seek professional assistance. IMPACT Physical Therapy offers concussion rehab services to aid your recovery. Request an appointment with our specialists to find the support you need today.