A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that can occur after an impact to your head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth.
Here are some signs of a concussion :
- Balance Issues
- Loss of Coordination
- Problems Walking
- Drained of blood or clear fluid from the ears or nose
- Unequal pupil size
- Abnormal eye movement
- Lasting concentration
- Slurred Speech
- Repeated Vomiting
- Brief loss of conciseness after the injury
- An inability to wake up (coma)
Here are a few symptoms of a concussion :
- Memory problems
- Drowsiness or feeling sluggish
- Double or blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Balance problems
- Slowed reaction to stimuli
Here are some of the red flags or emergency symptoms that you should look out for :
- See a doctor if you suspect you or someone else has a concussion.
- If you think a person has a neck or back injury, do not move them. Call an ambulance.
How is a concussion diagnosed?
- A doctor will ask questions about the injury and symptoms.
- Your doctor may request MRI scan or CT scan.
- Your doctor may perform an eye test to check for pupil size, eye movements and light sensitivities.
- Depends on the severity of symptoms.
- May need surgery or medical procedure if bleeding or swelling in the brain.
- Over the counter pain relievers
- Rest and avoid strenuous activities.