Concussions – Causes, Symptoms, ER Treatment


Concussion – Diagnosis and Emergency Room Treatment

What is a Concussion?

A Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects how your brain functions. It is usually caused by a sudden blow to the head and could lead to temporary loss of normal brain function. Effects of Concussion, which may be temporary, include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.

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One of the things you never want to take lightly is the health and well-being of your brain. The effects for any type of brain injury can be devastating. Concussions are all too often neglected until further damage has been done.

Concussions warrant immediate medical action even though the symptoms may not be readily noticeable. Any concern about concussive damage requires immediate attention.

Symptoms of Concussions

Because they are a lot more common than most people know, concussion symptoms or signs are one of those things that many of us will simply chalk up to a bad day. However, you should pay attention to these symptoms. Potential symptoms of Concussion include:

  • Headaches, especially intense, prolonged headaches which aren’t alleviated through typical treatment
  • Pressure on the head
  • Confusion
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Stunted response

If any of these symptoms occur after sustaining a blow to your head, you should seek medical help.

Board-certified doctors are available at SignatureCare Emergency Center’s 24-hour emergency rooms to diagnose and treat Concussions. Find the closest emergency room in Houston, Sugar Land, Austin and College Station, TX.

Causes of Concussions

Despite the fact that concussion symptoms may not be evident for some time, the causes of concussions usually don’t come on subtly. If you are in one of these settings you likely know it.

  • Athletic injury: If you are a football player, boxer, martial artist, intense cyclist, dirt bike rider, soccer player or any other spot where contact is intense and consistent you very likely have suffered a concussion in the past.
  • Shaken Violently: Another area where concussions can happen is if the body and head are shaken violently. Maybe you have gotten into a car accident or some kind of a physical altercation. Maybe you were in a large crowd where the movement of the crowd overtook you. Whatever the instance, being shaken from your body and head may also cause concussions.

Emergency Room Treatment for Concussion

It may not seem like much at the time, but if you’ve suffered a head trauma, it’s a good idea to get an emergency room doctor’s opinion on its severity. Visit our emergency center and have one of our board-certified emergency room doctors diagnose and treat you, especially if you or someone you are with has lost consciousness.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room. We are here to help 24/7 to help.

Worried about concussions? Our board-certified doctors will help you figure out whether or not you have one. Our doors are always open. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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