I Hit My Head: Did I Suffer a Concussion?

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Head trauma comes in different forms, but concussions are one of the most severe forms of brain shock. Let’s look at what a concussion is, how to spot one, and what to do if you or a loved one gets a concussion.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that disrupts your normal brain function. Head trauma tends to cause concussions, but violent shaking of the head can also trigger a concussion, such as in a car accident. The fluid in your skull protects the brain from impact. Imagine your brain as fruit gelatin, where the gelatin protects the fruit from minor disturbances. However, if the dish suddenly accelerates or decelerates, such as falling into the floor, the cushion cannot withstand the impact, and the fruit becomes damaged. Concussions require medical attention because they do not always cause loss of consciousness, and it is possible to have a concussion and not even realize it.

What to Expect if You Have a Concussion

Some concussion symptoms will reveal themselves immediately, while others may not occur for hours or even days after the injury.  You may require diagnostic testing if you are experiencing signs, such as pressure in your head, headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, amnesia, or fatigue.  Depending on the severity of the concussion, you may experience concentration and memory problems, personality changes, heightened sensitivity to noises or light, depression, and even psychological irregularities.

immediate concussion symptomsWhat to Do if You Get a Concussion

If you have incurred a head trauma and are displaying even mild concussion symptoms, the first thing you should do is contact your medical professional and get a proper examination and diagnosis. A doctor might recommend imaging services as well, such as an MRI or CT scan. In severe cases, you could have bleeding of the brain, which can result in seizures and even death.  

Although there isn’t a specific treatment on how to treat a concussion, the usual approach for an injury of this type is resting, drinking fluids, and taking a mild painkiller. You can apply ice at the site of the injury to relieve some of the pain and to reduce any swelling. Overall, experts recommend reducing most activities and ceasing any athletics until full recovery. It’s also advised not to drive, operate machinery, or be alone for 24 hours after a concussion, as symptoms can still develop. Most people who sustain a concussion are back to normal within a week or two, though some may have long-term problems from the concussion itself or from injury to surrounding soft tissue. 

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UrgentMED Network has 18 locations throughout Southern California, providing fast and professional service for a whole range of conditions. Our staff of highly trained professionals will evaluate and treat you. If you are indeed suffering from a concussion or need followup care, we work with excellent specialists in all areas where we can expedite referrals and get you the proper treatment. We accept most insurance plans, and you don’t need an appointment to come in for a checkup. We offer free parking and are open every day of the year. Visit us online to find an UrgentMED location near you.