What Are the Top Symptoms of a Concussion?

iStock 1135279293 The idea of being concussed, or having a child who suffers a concussion, can be overwhelming, but we have a team of experienced concussion specialists that are ready to help. If you think you have a concussion or that your child has a concussion, please contact us right away. 

The symptoms of this injury often manifest immediately after the incident that caused it. At other times, the symptoms may not appear for a few days. 

Signs of a Concussion

Although everyone will have a different experience after a concussion, some of the most typical symptoms include:

  • Headache 
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Slowed responses 
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty with memory
  • Irritability
  • Sleeping too much or being unable to sleep

Children may not be able to describe their symptoms as well as an adult. Your child may say to you that they don’t feel right or that they feel dizzy after a bump or jolt to their head.They may be slow to answer your questions, or may appear confused or “out of it.” Trust your instincts and seek medical attention for your child if they may have gotten a concussion. Team sports, falls, bike accidents, and roughhousing are some common childhood sources of this injury.

Concussions and Loss of Consciousness

Some people assume that you must have been knocked unconscious in order for a concussion to occur. This is not the case. In fact, a minority of concussions – about 10 percent – involve loss of consciousness. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look out for the symptoms listed above even if the person wasn’t knocked out completely.

Our experienced doctors will determine the best course of treatment for the patient. Concussion treatment varies based on the circumstances, but most often includes rest from physical and cognitive tasks, and medications.

Get Help from a Concussion Expert

Our team of experienced and reputable concussion experts are here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of concussion diagnosis and treatment. To learn more, please call Orthopedic Associates of Long Island at 631-689-6698. We have multiple office locations to better serve our patients from across Long Island. 

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