A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. A person does not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion.
Concussions are not necessarily related to athletics. It can be caused by any type of blow to the head due to such things as slips and falls, vehicle accidents and whiplash-related injuries. The focus of the program continues to be managing people suffering from acute concussions or acute post-concussion symptoms.
It is important to seek medical attention when you have suffered a head injury. If you experience headache, blurred vision, dizziness, loss of consciousness or other concerning symptoms, there is a good chance you may have a concussion.
While most concussions will resolve within 7-14 days, some people continue to experience worrisome or prolonged symptoms. Left untreated, some concussions can cause long-term problems. If you have sustained a blow to the head or body and are experiencing concussion symptoms, please contact the concussion care experts at ACMH.
- Cognitive disturbances (ex. memory lapses)
- Difficulty retaining new information
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness/impaired balance
- Impaired vision
- Ringing in ears
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Upset stomach and/or vomiting
If you have sustained a blow to the head or body and are experiencing concussion symptoms, please contact the concussion care experts at ACMH. To schedule an appointment, call 724-543-8536.