A concussion is a brain injury that can alter the way your brain functions. The effects of a concussion are usually temporary but include headaches, memory, and balance. Concussions often occur after a blow to the head but can also happen when the head is violently shaken. “Because not all concussions cause a loss of consciousness, some people have concussions and don’t even realize it,” says Dallas-Fort Worth Sports Medicine Specialist Sherine Reno. It is always best to follow up with your doctor after any head injury.
How Common Are Concussions?
Concussions can be common, especially if you play a contact sport such as football. Every concussion will injure your brain to some extent but most people usually fully recover.
Common symptoms of a concussion are a headache, loss of memory (amnesia) and confusion. The amnesia, which usually follows a loss of consciousness usually involves the loss of memory of the event that caused the concussion.
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Slurred Speech
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ears
- Delayed symptoms of a concussion within hours or days after the injury may include:
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Loss of concentration
- Sleep disturbances
- Disorders of taste and smell
It is important to keep in mind the signs and symptoms of a concussion and remember they may not always be immediately apparent. Symptoms can last for days, weeks, or even longer. If you experience any of these symptoms after a head injury, seek medical attention immediately.
Dallas Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Sherine Reno is a Board Certified American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist focusing on performance sports medicine and injection procedures. Dr. Reno is Medical Director of Performance Sports Medicine, a clinic devoted to the treatment of pediatric to elite level athletes. Dr. Reno has been named 2015-2016 Top10MD an honor only 1-in-3 doctor’s in the United States succeed with this recognition. Contact Dr. Reno today on her profile or call 214.342.0400.