Concussions are common among children, but they can occur in adults in some instances. Even the most “mild” of concussions are very serious and should be treated as such. Concussions can occur when there is trauma to the head. They can also occur if the body is hit so hard it causes the head the jolt back and forth. Concussions are when the brain bumps around in the skull.
While more severe concussions should be evaluated in the emergency room, AFC Urgent Care North Bergen can help see more mild cases. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a concussion, visit our urgent care center.
Signs of a Concussion
There are two different types of symptoms that can be related to concussions. According to the CDC, there are signs observed and signs reported. Observed signs can include:
- Appearing dazed or stunned
- Moving clumsily
- Even briefly losing consciousness
- Mood or personality changes
- Forgetting an instruction or events before or after the hit
Reported signs are symptoms the person impacted is experiencing. These signs can include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or double vision
- Feeling groggy
- A general feeling of unwellness
It’s important to note that symptoms of concussions may not start right away. They can happen from hours to days after the hit. Continue to monitor for signs for a few days after and receive medical care if necessary.
Treating a Concussion
The most important part of recovering from a concussion is getting enough rest. Be sure to limit all physical activity and don’t put yourself at risk of worsening your symptoms. Don’t work hard to remember certain events and nap when you feel tired.
Begin participating in light activity after a few days and noticeable improvement. Returning to school or work can begin as long as symptoms don’t worsen. Avoid using screens throughout the day and continue to get plenty of rest.
More regular activity can return, as long as they do not make symptoms worse. Patients can go back to total regular activity once all symptoms are gone.
There are certain warning signs to be aware of. These include:
- Two different size pupils
- Drowsiness or inability to wake
- Headache that does not get better
- Slurred speech
- Continued vomiting, convulsions, or seizures
- Loss of consciousness
Severe brain injuries can cause long-term damage. From the ability to think and learn to impacting emotions, speech, or hearing. It’s crucial to receive medical care if symptoms are severe.