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:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Neck Pain
  • Loss of balance
  • Poor concentration and coordination
  • Feeling “foggy”
  • Confusion
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Ringing in ears
  • Vacant stare
  • Fatigue
  • 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.

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For more information about concussions and concussion management, feel free to contact KW Health Connection or visit www.shiftconcussion.ca

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