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Signs & Symptoms

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

You cannot see a concussion. Signs and symptoms may show up right after the injury, or they may not be noticed until days or weeks later. If you or your loved one reports any symptoms of a concussion that last longer than two weeks, please make an appointment with the Concussion Clinic. We see patients with concussions caused by a variety of ways. Common causes include sports related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, work-related injuries, and falls.


What are signs and symptoms of a concussion?

Recognizing symptoms of a concussion are key to treating and recovering from brain injury. Some symptoms appear immediately or within hours of injury. Others can take several days to show. Symptoms usually fall into four categories.


Physical

Headache
Nausea/Vomiting
Balance Problems
Numbness/Tingling
Sensitivity to Light/Noise
Visual Problems
Dizzines
Dazed or Stunned

Cognitive

Feeling Mentally Foggy
Difficulty Concentrating
Difficulty Remembering
Repeating Questions
Feeling Mentally Slowed Down
Forgetful of Recent Information
Confused About Recent Events
Answering Questions Slowly

Sleep

Drowsiness
Sleeping Less Than Usual
Sleeping More Than Usual
Trouble Falling Asleep

Emotional

Irritability
Sadness
More Emotional
Nervousness
 

Signs observed by others:

Confused or appears dazed or stunned
Forgets an instruction
Unsure of surroundings
Moves clumsily
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even briefly)
Shows behavior or personality changes
Can't recall events before or after injury

Symptoms reported by patient:

Headache or pressure in head
Unexplained tiredness
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Double or blurry vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Feels sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Confusion
Doesn't "feel right""
Sleep disturbance
Feelings of anxiety

Danger Signs:

Seizures
Not recognizing people or common places
Unusual behavior or actions
Slurred speech
Children may display danger signs of the symptoms previously listed or are unable to be calmed or will not nurse or eat food.


 
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Evansville, IN 47710
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