What appears to be a mild bump or blow to the head could be a concussion and should be taken seriously. Franciscan Health offers physicians with special training in concussion treatment to evaluate, diagnose and treat concussions and head injuries.
A concussion may occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. It can be the result of a fall, sports activity or car accident. A concussion can affect how the brain works for a while. It may lead to a bad headache, changes in alertness or loss of consciousness. Concussions do not always lead to loss of consciousness. In fact, most people never pass out. They may describe seeing all white, all black or stars. A person can also have a concussion and not realize it.
Franciscan Health’s specially trained physician experts know the signs and symptoms of concussions and work closely with patients to customize treatment and return them to normal activities when it is safe to do so.
Symptoms of a concussion may appear immediately or not for several days after an injury. A person with a concussion may experience:
If any of these symptoms are observed, it is time for rest and monitoring. If it happens on the playing field, remove the player from competition immediately and observe his or her condition for several hours after returning home.
If symptoms worsen or new symptoms develop, take the person to an emergency room immediately.
To avoid additional injuries, do not play sports after a concussion until all symptoms have disappeared. A second impact to an injured brain can cause dangerous brain swelling.