A concussion is a form of a brain injury, usually caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head, face, or jaw. As a result of the injury, brain function changes. Ultimately, therefore, the brain works less optimally. A loss of consciousness is not a requirement for diagnosing a concussion. In reality, less than 20% of concussions involve a loss of consciousness.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
A concussion produces a wide variety of symptoms and individual responses. In addition, the appearance of symptoms may vary from several minutes to hours after the initial injury.
Common symptoms include:
- Neck Pain
- Loss of balance
- Poor concentration and coordination
- Feeling “foggy”
- Blurred or double vision
- Ringing in ears
- Vacant stare
- Nausea or vomiting
- Poor memory
- Difficulty falling asleep
Due to the variability of a concussion’s appearance, follow this general rule: if the incident involves at least one symptom and a potential head injury, then a concussion assessment by a medical doctor would be recommended. Additionally, after a medical evaluation by a physician, subsequent assessments can be carried out at KW Health Connection.
For more information about concussions and concussion management, feel free to contact KW Health Connection or visit www.shiftconcussion.ca