While some people may try to pass off concussions as nothing too serious or a minor bump that the individual just needs to walk off, however, there is a lot of risk for permanent health damage with concussions. More than just a bump on the head, concussions are a traumatic brain injury that affects brain function. Some effects may be temporary, but others can become permanent if the patient does not seek the proper medical attention.
For children and adults playing a contact sport, such as football, the chance for concussions drastically increases. Even when children wear helmets, there is a chance of a concussion. It is important for people to know about the signs and symptoms of a concussion to seek treatment immediately after an accident.
Signs and symptoms
Besides pain that lasts for more than a few minutes after the injury, there are multiple symptoms of concussion to keep an eye out for, including:
- Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
- Pupils that do not react to light
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Confusion or feeling as if in a fog, dazed
- Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
- Dizziness or “seeing stars”
- Ringing in the ears
- Vomiting, nausea or fatigue
- Slurred speech
- Delayed response and slurred speech
These are only some of the symptoms that result from concussions. If an athlete takes a serious collision to the head in a game, it is crucial to have the athlete sit out the rest of the game and not return to the field until after seeking medical treatment. It is crucial to keep an eye on children following a head injury since there are certain symptoms that will not occur until several hours after the initial impact. Some of these other signs can include:
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Irritability and personality changes
- Sensitivity to light, noise, taste and smell
- Disturbances during sleep
- Signs of depression
These symptoms will seem to come out of nowhere or be drastically different than the overall demeanor the person normally exhibits. Following any form of head trauma, it is important to watch out for these symptoms or any other issues the person exhibits. It is especially crucial to monitor children since it is more difficult for them to describe pain.
For instance, a child will most likely cry at scratching a knee on the sidewalk and at hitting their head on a metal pole. While hitting the metal pole is more serious, a child may cry equally between both injuries. Thus, parents need to pay extra attention to the child following any head trauma to ensure that there is no concussion. If there is a concussion, people need to seek medical treatment and give us a call.
Concussion management and treatment
It is crucial to receive a professional medical opinion prior to assuming everything is fine. Upon bringing a patient with a concussion to Traxler Primary Care, LLC, we will begin to examine the patient’s vision, hearing, balance, coordination, strength and reflexes. We may also conduct quick cognitive testing that go over memory, concentration and the ability to recall information.
These are the easiest ways to tell how severe the concussion is. However, if the symptoms are serious, then we may need to run brain imaging tests to determine if the injury caused any bleeding or swelling in the skull. In other cases, the patient may need to stay in the hospital overnight under observation. The parents may be able to keep an eye on the child at home under observation as well.
Regardless of the extent of damage to the patient’s head, seeking professional treatment and assessment is the best choice. By seeking professional medical attention at our facility, we can ensure that the patient receives the necessary treatment. Call us to schedule an appointment today.
If you would like to learn more about concussion-management and the various treatments we provide, call 678-965-0586 to schedule a consultation.