What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when the individual suffers a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that impacts the brain. The typical misconception is that the person generally passes out or loses consciousness when they suffer a concussion. However, you do not have to pass out or lose consciousness to have a concussion. Some people may have the obvious symptom of passing out or forgetting what happened prior to the injury but some people will not.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Generally, there are four categories of symptoms of a concussion:
Thinking and memory
- Feeling slowed down
- Not being able to concentrate
- Not remembering things
- Unclear thinking
Emotional and mood
- Feeling more emotional
- Easily upset or angered
- Sleeping more than usual
- Sleeping less than usual
- Trouble sleeping
- Blurry vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light
- Balance problems
- Feeling tired or having no energy
When should I see a doctor for a concussion?
It is critical to seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms are present:
- Loss of consciousness (even if it is just briefly)
- Any period of amnesia or loss of memory
- Feeling dazed or confused
In most instances, people fully recover with rest from a concussion whether within a few hours or a few weeks. In rare instances, concussions can cause more serious problems. Repeated concussions or severe concussions can lead to long-term problems. When in doubt, always seek immediate medical attention by calling 888-719-8448. Come into your nearest Healthpointe Urgent Care location today to receive immediate medical attention for your injuries and concussions.
Healthpointe is a leading multidisciplinary healthcare organization offering a full range of medical services in practice locations throughout Southern California (Los Angeles county, Orange county, San Bernardino county and Riverside county). Healthpointe has locations situated in over 10 cities in Southern California including Colton, which is conveniently located near Rialto, Bloomington, San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Highgrove and Grand Terrace. As a highly regarded musculoskeletal group, we have a personal investment in the highest level of service, and we are proud of our record of excellence over the last four decades with private patients, injured workers, urgent care, personal injuries, and professional and non-professional athletes. Leading our organization is a dynamic team of healthcare professionals who continually strive to be at the forefront of medical innovation and healthcare service delivery. For more information, a complete list of services, and Healthpointe locations, visit healthpointe.net