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Identifying a Concussion

Identifying a Concussion

Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion

Although concussions are considered mile traumatic brain injuries, there is still a risk for complications. In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, here are the signs and symptoms to look out for.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Typically, this TBI is brought on from a hit to the head or jolt to the body that causes the brain to rattle around or twist inside of the skull. This causes chemical changes to the brain that can lead to brain damage at a cellular level.

Common Symptoms

While concussion symptoms can vary from person to person, some of the most common include:

  • Trouble remembering events shortly before and after injury
  • Slow responses during conversation
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood swings and behavioral changes
  • Feeling foggy and hazy
  • Dizziness
  • Coordination problems
  • Losing consciousness
  • Feeling pressure in the skull
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Trouble following simple instructions

Signs of Concussion Complication

Although concussions are considered mild, they are still traumatic brain injuries that should be taken seriously and closely monitored. In the days following injury, be sure to pay close attention to your symptoms. If they continue to worsen after several days, be sure to seek immediate medical care.

Family Health & Urgent Care in Jackson, Wilson, and Teton County

If your doctor is out of the office or you’re unable to get an appointment quickly, you may want to visit an urgent care clinic. St. John's Health offers emergent care clinics for convenient, comprehensive care. Walk-in visits are encouraged.